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Eagle Rock Entertainment is set to release — for the first time in the U.S. — DEEP PURPLE's "Total Abandon: Australia '99" on CD on April 24. Recorded April 20, 1999 at Melbourne Park, the 12-song 76-minute blockbuster, until now, was only available domestically as a DVD in the 2008 "Around The World Live" boxed set (also released by Eagle Rock Entertainment).

"Total Abandon" is a major boon for DEEP PURPLE fans as it musically traverses decades with material mostly from the '70s and the '90s. Lead guitarist Steve Morse, at this point in the band's glorious career, had fully integrated himself into the mix, positively shining on songs from both eras. The lineup of vocalist Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Jon Lord, drummer Ian Paice and guitarist Morse are in rare form: the almost nine-minute-each jam-happy versions of "Pictures Of Home" and "Smoke On The Water" are just two highlights of many. Besides favorites like "Black Night" "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway Star" the band reached into its enormous catalog for an incredibly satisfying evening that included opener "Ted The Mechanic" and "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming", both off guitarist Morse's album debut with the band, "Purpendicular", in 1996.

Touring in support of 1998's "Abandon" album, the "A Band On World Tour" had DEEP PURPLE criss-crossing the globe like the true road warriors they remain today.

"Total Abandon: Australia '99" track listing:

01. Ted The Mechanic
02. Strange Kind Of Woman
03. Bloodsucker
04. Pictures of Home
05. Almost Human
06. Woman From Tokyo
07. Watching The Sky
08. Fireball
09. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
10. Smoke On The Water
11. Black Night
12. Highway Star
 
 
 
Paul Shaffer, the Canadian-American musician who has served as musical director and producer for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony since its inception in 1986, has shot down the possibility of a performance by the reunited classic lineup of GUNS N' ROSES when the group is inducted into the Rock Hall in Cleveland on April 14.

When asked by the Future Rock Legends web site via Twitter if he had any idea how long the Rock Hall ceremony was going to be this year with so many inductees, Shaffer replied, "GUNS N' ROSES will not be performing, so not as long as you would think."

GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed recently told Billboard that all five original members of the band will be present at the induction ceremony. Reed revealed, "I know that all the original band is going to be there. I don't know exactly what's going to go down. It's one of those things I'm sure will all come together and be really cool. I'm just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart."

Singer Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler will all be inducted into the Hall, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.

With more than 20 years of service, Reed is the longest-standing member of the current GUNS lineup after sole original holdout Axl Rose. He told The Pulse Of Radio that whatever happens at the Hall, he's already honored by the whole thing, "There's a lot of great, great people that I respect and grew up admiring and idolizing that are in that, as part of that institution, and obviously just to be mentioned in the same breath as them, you know, for this band and everything, I take it as an honor."

As for whether any combination of the eight musicians will get together for a jam or full-blown reunion at the induction ceremony, Reed said, "Honestly, we haven't spoken about it. I don't know when or why or how to bring it up. It's not an everyday sort of thing. So we haven't really talked about it — but I'm sure we'll have to at some point."

Although Rose has made his peace with various members of the group over the years, including McKagan, Stradlin and Adler, there doesn't seem to be any change in his non-friendly stance toward Slash.

Slash, McKagan, Sorum and Adler have all expressed uncertainty about the possibility of a reunion at the ceremony.

The current GUNS N' ROSES lineup played a string of small theatre and club shows. The last of three New York City gigs happened on February 15 at Webster Hall, where GUNS played a legendary show in 1988 (when the venue was known as the Ritz) which was broadcast on MTV.
 
A tweet that was posted on the "official" Twitter account of Paul Shaffer, the longtime David Letterman musical director and sidekick, regarding GUNS N' ROSES' appearance at next month's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony did not come from Shaffer himself, according to a spokesperson for the company in control of the account.

Michael Lichtstein, the Vice President of Programming at Envision Radio Networks, which for the past five years has been producing "Paul Shaffer's Day In Rock", a daily 60-second vignette illustrating the history of rock according to Shaffer, has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"I am writing to set the record straight on a story Blabbermouth printed earlier this evening [Thursday, March 8]. The story quoted Paul Shaffer's Twitter account as saying GUNS N' ROSES would not be performing at this year's induction ceremony. Please know this tweet did not come from Mr. Shaffer, as his Twitter account is in conjunction with his syndicated radio feature with our network, and all tweets are handled by one of our staff members. No one is exactly sure what will happen at the induction ceremony, and we apologize for the inadvertent tweet."

Shaffer has served as musical director and producer for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony since its inception in 1986.

The tweet in question, which has since been deleted (see copy below), was a response to a query about the length of this year's ceremony. "GUNS N' ROSES will not be performing, so [the ceremony will] not [be] as long as you would think," the tweet read.

GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed recently told Billboard that all five original members of the band will be present at the induction ceremony. Reed revealed, "I know that all the original band is going to be there. I don't know exactly what's going to go down. It's one of those things I'm sure will all come together and be really cool. I'm just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart."

Singer Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler will all be inducted into the Hall, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.

With more than 20 years of service, Reed is the longest-standing member of the current GUNS lineup after sole original holdout Axl Rose. He told The Pulse Of Radio that whatever happens at the Hall, he's already honored by the whole thing, "There's a lot of great, great people that I respect and grew up admiring and idolizing that are in that, as part of that institution, and obviously just to be mentioned in the same breath as them, you know, for this band and everything, I take it as an honor."

As for whether any combination of the eight musicians will get together for a jam or full-blown reunion at the induction ceremony, Reed said, "Honestly, we haven't spoken about it. I don't know when or why or how to bring it up. It's not an everyday sort of thing. So we haven't really talked about it — but I'm sure we'll have to at some point."

Although Rose has made his peace with various members of the group over the years, including McKagan, Stradlin and Adler, there doesn't seem to be any change in his non-friendly stance toward Slash.

Slash, McKagan, Sorum and Adler have all expressed uncertainty about the possibility of a reunion at the ceremony.
 
DEF LEPPARD will make a return to the United States this June with a massive summer tour. Joining the band for this highly anticipated trek are POISON and LITA FORD.

"We had such a good time going out with POISON in 2009 that we thought it only right to do it again!" says DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott.

First leg 2012 U.S. dates:

Jun. 20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
Jun. 22 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jun. 23 - Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Amphitheatre
Jun. 25 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Jun. 27 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Jun. 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jun. 30 - Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
Jul. 02 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 03 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 06 - Cleveland, OH @ Quickens Loan Arena
Jul. 07 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 10 - Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
Jul. 11 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Jul. 13 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Pavilion
Jul. 16 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Jul. 17 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
Jul. 19 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Jul. 22 - Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest

In a recent interview with AOL's Noisecreep, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen stated about the band's upcoming road activities. "We're actually going to be back on tour around when the [film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical 'Rock Of Ages'] is out, and it would be a lot of fun to get some of the other bands featured in 'Rock Of Ages' out with us," he said. "Nothing has been finalized yet, but apparently POISON will be joining us — at least according to [POISON singer] Bret Michaels, who has been telling everyone that they'll be touring with us this year. [Laughs] We went out with POISON in 2009, and we all had so much fun. If it does end up happening like that, I would love for the third band to be someone like TWISTED SISTER, since they're also in the new movie. I think that would make for a great lineup."

"Rock Of Ages" is a love story told through the music of DEF LEPPARD, PAT BENATAR, BON JOVI, JOURNEY, POISON, TWISTED SISTER and other artists from the 1980s.

"Rock Of Ages" stars Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman and many others. It scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 1.

In a 2009 interview, DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott defended his band's decision to tour with POISON — a group that, just a year earlier, he trashed in the media. Speaking to Noisecreep, Elliott explained, "I didn't say that [POISON's] music had no substance, I said that ours had more. That's a totally different thing. Yes, it was taken out of proportion. Truth be known, it was a dumb question from a foreign journalist in a press conference where I could barely hear what was going on and I was getting really agitated with being in the room in the first place, so I couldn't hear the questions. It was a dumb question from a dumb journalist, to a dumb singer about a dumb subject."

He added, "My belief is that we're better than them ... but I would say that if they just said it about any band whether it be THE WHO or [THE ROLLING STONES] or THE BEATLES — not because I'm an arrogant idiot, but because when you're in a band, you are absolutely 100 percent allowed to believe that you're the best band in the world.

"So if that question had been asked of Bret Michaels, I would have expected him to have answered it in a very similar way. He's entitled to think that they're a better band than us, because he's in the band, you know what I mean? So that certainly wasn't ... it's not that I thought they had no substance, I just thought that we had more."
 
Valerie Bertinelli, the ex-wife of VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen and the mother of the band's bassist, Wolfgang Van Halen, says that the current VAN HALEN tour would not be taking place if her son hadn't joined the group as the replacement for original VH bassist Michael Anthony.

According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the "Hot In Cleveland" actress told Drew Lane and Mike Clark of Detroit, Michigan's WRIF 101.1 FM radio station, "Wolfie can definitely back up everything with his playing. You can't deny that he is an excellent bass player and an excellent musician; his voice is amazing."

Bertinelli also spoke about the criticism leveled at VAN HALEN over the fact that the Anthony is no longer involved with the group. "I loved Mike, too. I thought he was a really nice guy, still do," she said. "But the only way this tour is happening is because Eddie gets to play with his son Wolfie. Otherwise, this tour wouldn't be going on, it really wouldn't. . . This brings joy to Ed, and that's what he wants to do now — just have fun playing. As great as Mike is, this wouldn't be happening if Mike was still in the band." She added, "For any of the fans that are truly angry that Mike's not in the band… at least they get to see a version of the band. You're getting to see Dave [Lee Roth] and Ed and Al [Van Halen] play together. I know I'm a little prejudiced but… my son kicks ass! And Ed's playing better than ever, you've gotta give him that."

When asked about how her 21-year-old son is doing on the road, Bertinelli said, "He's having the time of his life. I try to tell him not to read the Internet, but he reads some of the horrible things that people say. No matter what, they're not going to be pleased. I try to tell him, 'You're not going to please everybody, it's impossible.' Especially people who are so passionate about this band. But he's having such a great time. I think those naysayer voices are fading quickly in the back."

Bertinelli and Van Halen's divorce was finalized in December 2007 after 26 years of marriage.
 
The members of MANOWAR are currently in the studio working on their new album for a tentative summer release.

The band took some time during a brief recording break to answer some frequently asked fan questions.

Q: How are MANOWAR doing?

Donnie Hamzik (drums): We're doing great! We are having a blast in the studio, I am really happy with my drum sound and with these new songs I can really stretch out and burn.

Joey DeMaio (bass): Couldn't be better. We are still so energized from the live shows last year that you can feel this killer energy in the studio coming out of the speakers. It's amazing.

Q: Why haven't we heard more about the album on Facebook or on your website yet?

Eric Adams (vocals): We've simply been so concentrated on working on the material that we literally couldn't be stopped. When you're in the middle of a creative process, or recording, there is simply no good time to take a break.

Q: What is the status on the album?

Joey DeMaio: We are extremely critical of the songs in every step; I have said before that most of the stuff we reject other bands would consider finished. Finally now we are recording. And then the album goes into mixing and mastering.

Q: When will the album come out?

Karl Logan (guitar): We will celebrate the world premiere at Gods Of Metal, Italy on June 21st. This will be our fourth headlining performance there — more than any other band ever — and the perfect place for our album premiere and return to Italy after 10 years!

Q: What can the fans expect of this new MANOWAR album?

Joey DeMaio: Everything you have ever come to know and love about MANOWAR songs: Face-melting hymns of unity; crushing and pounding, hard and heavy — basically more of everything, and, of course, louder!

Q: What will the title of the album be?

Joey DeMaio: I would tell you but then I would have to kill you.

Q: Will the album cover feature art from the great Ken Kelly again?

Joey DeMaio: Are MANOWAR fans the strongest in THE WORLD? Of course! Ken is the man! His paintings capture the spirit of our music perfectly.

MANOWAR in 2010 re-recorded its highly acclaimed debut album, since finally technology had caught up with MANOWAR's custom-built touring and recording equipment. The classic hymns now feature the massive sound and production that has become MANOWAR's signature over recent years and records, and also include a narration by screen legend Sir Christopher Lee on "Dark Avenger".
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Tonight's (Friday, March 9) concert by legendary British power metal mercenaries TANK — featuring Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar alongside ex-RAINBOW/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Doogie White and ex-BRUCE DICKINSON bassist Chris Dale and drummer Steve Hopgood — at Stodola in Warsaw, Poland will be professionally recorded and filmed for the band's fist official live DVD, to be released later in the year via Metal Mind Productions.

Commented Evans: "We're really looking forward to making our first ever official TANK live DVD. It's something we've wanted to do for a long time and gives us the chance to show our fans around the world what a TANK show is all about. The DVD will include old favorites such as 'This Means War', 'Echoes Of A Distant Battle' and 'Power Of The Hunter' plus future classics such as 'Judgement Day' and 'Phoenix Rising' plus many more. Get ready for 'War Machine Live!' DVD."

Apart from the material recorded in Warsaw, the DVD will also contain footage of TANK's appearance at Metal Hammer Festival (August 10, 2011 in Katowice, Poland), a warm-up gig in Chorzów (March 8, 2012), along with interviews with bandmembers and other bonus material.

TANK recently entered the studio to begin recording their new album, "War Nation", for a June 5 release via MVD (one day earlier in Europe through Metal Mind Productions). The follow-up to 2010's "War Machine" is being helmed by new hotshot producer Phil Kinman at his west London studios.

TANK's most recent album, "War Machine", was released on October 25, 2010 in Europe via Metal Mind Productions (December 7, 2010 in the U.S. through MVD). The production was handled by Pedro Ferreira (THE DARKNESS, THERAPY?, MEAT LOAF) and the bulk of the recording was done at Pedrock Studios in London. Drums were laid down by Tony Newton at Steve Harris' (IRON MAIDEN) Barnyard Studios.
 
According to TMZ.com, former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE/KYUSS and current KYUSS LIVES! bassist Nick Oliveri plead not guilty yesterday (Thursday, March 8) to all five charges stemming from his arrest last July in Hollywood after a five-hour standoff with police.

A pre-trial date has been set for April 13. If convicted, Nick faces up to 15 years behind bars.

Nick Oliveri was booked on July 12, 2011 on felony domestic violence. The police was called to the scene by Oliveri's neighbor who reported a "disturbance" between the now-40-year-old rocker and his girlfriend. A standoff between a SWAT team and Nick ensued before Oliveri finally agreed to let his girlfriend exit the duplex.

Oliveri was taken into custody about 10:30 p.m. after Los Angeles police officers knocked down his front door.

Nick's girlfriend reportedly told police Oliveri hit her during an argument the day before and she had returned to collect her stuff so she could move out.

During a search of Nick's home on Hobart Boulevard, cops reportedly found a fully loaded high-powered rifle, cocaine and methamphetamines.

Oliveri was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.

Oliveri was forced to miss several KYUSS LIVES! shows in Europe last August due to his legal troubles. His temporary replacement was Scott Reeder (GOATSNAKE, THE OBSESSED, KYUSS).
 
Legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DARK ANGEL, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, FEAR FACTORY, DETHKLOK) will not be sitting behind the kit for FEAR FACTORY when the Los Angeles cyber metal band hits the road at the end of April in support of its upcoming CD, "The Industrialist". Hoglan says, "I'm sure whomever they get [to play the drums on the run] is gonna kick some ass, absolutely! I'd like to wish them the best on the tour, and I'm sure everyone's gonna make out just fine."

FEAR FACTORY's most recent touring lineup featured original FF members Dino Cazares (guitar) and Burton C. Bell (vocals) alongside bassist Byron Stroud (who was credited on the last three FEAR FACTORY albums in addition to touring and recording with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and ZIMMERS HOLE) and Hoglan.

FEAR FACTORY recently enlisted Matt DeVries as the band's new bass player. DeVries, previously of CHIMAIRA (where he played guitar) and most recently SIX FEET UNDER, joined FEAR FACTORY as the replacement for Stroud (now with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD).

Hoglan pulled double duty on the TESTAMENT/ANTHRAX/DEATH ANGEL tour last month, filling in for ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante while also doing a full set with TESTAMENT. The ANTHRAX drummer had to take a short leave from the tour to be with his mother who was terminally ill. On February 4, Benante informed fans via his official web site that his mother passed away.

Candlelight Records has set a June 5 North American release date for "The Industrialist". Produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY), the CD was mixed by Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, SKINNY PUPPY, MACHINE HEAD). It features additional tracking by Logan Mader (GOJIRA, DIVINE HERESY, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH) and artwork by Anthony Clarkson (DEVIN TOWNSEND).
 
Brendan Crabb of Australia's Loud magazine recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Loud: I know you have an autobiography in the works. What can you tell us about that?

Max: Yeah, it's gonna be released around Christmas. I'm finishing up all the interviews; I did like a thousand interviews, man. It was crazy; going through all my life and it has really cool details of things that happened in my life. Like how I got SEPULTURA signed for example, which was, I had to travel to America on a free ticket from Pan Am. I had to go as a Pan Am employee, so I had to wear a tie (laughs) and my hair pulled back, which was hilarious. I have the picture (of) arriving in New York with that, and everybody laughing at me. All the guys that picked me up, like Don Kaye [then-Kerrang! writer] and Monte Conner [Roadrunner A&R representative], and they're all laughing. They're like, this is their metal hero, showing up in a tie, you know? So that's gonna be in the book and there will be all the funny stuff like (being) on tour with MINISTRY when I puked on Eddie Vedder [PEARL JAM]; that became a famous story.

Loud: Has he spoken to you since?

Max: No, I never talked to him after that (laughs). I actually puked on him, then he cleaned himself up, didn't get mad, and right after that I asked for an autograph for my sister. (laughs) Which was like the absurd thing to do. I just got done puking on the guy and asked him for an autograph. But he was pretty cool; he was hanging out with the MINISTRY guys. Stuff like that is going to be in the book. Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA] is doing the intro of the book, I thought he would be cool because he's a fan and I did the PROBOT thing with him, and he was really cool. He's a huge name in music and it would be awesome to have him writing the intro of the book.

Loud: What was the hardest topic you had to delve into for the autobiography — Dana's [Wells, Max's stepson] death, the split with SEPULTURA?

Max: Those together, as they're both connected. Very much the hardest chapter I think is going to be the death of Dana, leading into the break-up of SEPULTURA, which in my life is a low point. There have been two low points in my life; there's been the death of my father when I was nine, which led me to get into music, and then the death of Dana and the break-up from SEPULTURA. Those are the crucial points. But from all of them, something good has come out of it. Like from the death of my father, SEPULTURA came, and from the death of Dana and break-up from SEPULTURA, SOULFLY came. So there's good things that came out of both things, so a lot of tragedy, unfortunately, but good stuff comes out of it.

Loud: How no-holds-barred where you about it — did you hold back on certain topics at the risk of upsetting someone?

Max: No, I tried to be as honest as possible. It was really kinda hard to go through that period and bring that back, of what happened. But I tried to be as clear as (to) why I left, and why I couldn't play with them anymore and how the feelings were towards Dana's death and everything. So it's going to be very explained in the book; a lot of people, once they read, they're going to understand why I left SEPULTURA once and for all and maybe stop asking me questions, you know?

Loud: Do you feel like your side of the story with regard to the split with SEPULTURA has never been fully told? It seems like during the past 15 years a lot of hearsay and rumours have been more or less accepted as fact.

Max: Yeah, a lot of people take rumors and just listen to rumors or stuff that's been created over the years that are not really true. So I hope this will put an end to that. Some of the things, especially from the break-up point, a lot of what I heard in the press and that, I don't agree with it. So I think it's good to have this book as a vehicle of expression that I can tell the story of how I feel and what I think happened. So these people can read and understand my side of the story.
 
Arch Enemy are about to embark on the last round of touring for last year's excellent Khaos Legions.  More melodic and with maybe a touch less death than you might expect from a melodic death metal band, Khaos Legions is also the last Arch Enemy album to feature guitarist Chris Amott, whose departure from the band was announced earlier this month. But mere line-up changes can't keep Arch Enemy down: new guitarist Nick Cordle of Arsis has taken up the co-guitarist throne alongside Michael Amott, and the band has a lot to say and do before they put the full stop at the end of Khaos Legions.
 
You're about to come to Australia for a very short tour. Only two shows. You know what that means for a lot of fans: heavy metal road trip!
 
Yeah! We're happy that we got the opportunity to play Australia at all this year, but it's just these two shows. We wanted to play it safe. And it's at the end of an Asia run. We start in Japan and do four shows there, then we go round Singapore, the Philippines, Korea, various places around Asia. Then we got the opportunity with a new promoter to tack on these two Australian shows, Melbourne and Sydney. We're just really excited about doing it. I guess it's been a couple of years since we were there now.
 
The last time I saw you were was probably Gigantour.
 
Yeah. I think the last time we were there was '09. We did Gigantour, we've done a few different things down there. This will be our fourth or fifth visit to Australia, and this will be the last one in a while. We're obviously not going to come back this year after these shows, then next year, 2013 is going to be a year off for Arch Enemy mostly. We'll probably put out a new album in 2014. So I don't know, maybe 2015 we'll be back, if metal is still around at that point! So it's going to be a while, so if anybody wants to see us and get their dose of Arch Enemy this is the last one for a while.
 
Obviously the hot topic at the moment is Chris's departure from the band. What's the story?
 
Well, Chris informed us in October last year that he wanted to leave the band. Again. [Laughs]. He's been out of the band, in 2005, 2006, 2007. The first time he quit the band it was more of a shock. But this time it didn't really have that impact on us. We were half expecting it. He just hasn't been that happy playing in Arch Enemy for a while, and music is supposed to be fun. The rest of us love it and live for it, and if one guy doesn't then that kind of affects the whole atmosphere in the camp. So this is really for the best. And we found a new, really great guitar player. He's in a band called Arsis and they supported us in America in 2010. I just kind of checked out the dude on that run. I saw him first and thought, "Shit, he really looks like Chris did ten years ago. That's uncanny." Then I started watching the shows and I really liked his guitar playing and stage presence and everything. And then I just kind of put him in the back of my mind, I guess. I just pulled that name out when this situation arose late last year.
 
So you've been rehearsing together already?
 
Yeah. He was over here in January rehearsing. At first he sent us a bunch of videos I'd asked him to record of himself playing our songs. I thought he was going to send two or three songs but he sent over, I don't know, 20 songs. He picked our entire current setlist and went through them all. He had pretty much everything note-perfect, so it was like, okay, this isn't going to be that much of a big job for us, to rehearse with somebody, break them in, show them all the fine little details of what we do. He was just very much on top of it, really. Which is great, obviously. That's what you want. Less work for us. We can just get straight into it. And he was great. He came over and started playing with us, and obviously that's a totally different thing, and it sounded great. The first thing we did on the first day he got here was to run through the whole live setlist and it sounded great. He nailed stuff, didn't miss any cues. It was great. At that point I felt about five tonnes of stress come off my shoulders!
 
It must be stressful, the gap between knowing Chris was leaving, arranging a replacement and ultimately breaking the news to the fans, like, "Oh shit… here it comes."
 
Oh the reaction? Yeah, but it's kind of old news to us now. Chris handed in his notice in October so it's been a while. I pretty much contacted Nick immediately back then so he's had plenty of time to get into it. We just kept it under wraps because we did a bunch of dates, the last shows with Chris, in January. We had all these shows booked, flights booked, commitments that we had, so Chris fulfilled his commitments with us and now he's off doing his own thing. But you know, we wish him the very best, of course. As we said in the press release, we just want to keep it as undramatic as possible because there really is no drama. It's just something that's run its course. Music is a positive force. It should be a positive force. We don't want to stick together just to please other people. You've got to move on with your life, and that goes for both him and us, I guess.
 
Well, y'know, as Sting says, if you love somebody, set them free!
 
[Laughs] I'll use that. That's a good one!
 
On to guitar matters now, I checked out your Dean signature model, the Tyrant, and its various incarnations at the NAMM Show this year…
 
I couldn't make it this year. I was on the road with Arch Enemy. My friend Vinnie Moore who also plays Dean said "What kind of career is that? Out there playing shows, touring the world? You should just be playing at trade shows like a proper musician career." [Laughs] Having said that, I really do love the trade shows. They're a lot of fun. I love to geek out on the guitars and stuff as much as anybody else. So I'll definitely be there next year, and I'll be at the Frankfurt Messe later this month.
 
 
 
So what were you after with the Dean? I liked your old ESP model – what were you looking for in your Dean?
 
Just something a little bit different. I wanted a thinner body. I was pleased with my previous signature model for a while, of course, but then you start thinking "Aah, I should have done this, I should have done that." Then when I switched endorsement companies I just wanted to put whatever things I'd been thinking about for the last few years – placement of knobs and switches, the little details… I also wanted a slimmer neck profile. I worked on that a lot with Dean to get something that was still comfortable. And I liked working with Dean. Y'know, they're an American company, their wood shop is in Florida so I flew over there… although I didn't get my hands dirty, to my detriment! But it was just fun to be around that kind of environment. I'd never done that before, actually. And to have input on that sort of level.
 
And you have signature DMT pickups designed with Pat Baker?
 
Yeah. I've just got the one pickup, a bridge pickup, and we're calling it TYRANT. It's very similar to the pickup I was using previously but it's got a little bit higher output and maybe a bit more scooped in the mids. It works very nicely for me. It's what's on the last couple of Arch Enemy albums. That's what you hear on Khaos Legions: that guitar, that pickup, everything, which is very cool. I'm very happy that I can use my signature equipment in the studio! [Laughs] It's good stuff. When you're in the studio, usually the engineer will tell you, "I know you want to use this guitar, but let's try another one. Okay, I like this one a lot more, play this," and you end up playing a guitar that you don't really like playing that much but that sounds better. And that didn't happen this time around so I'm very, very pleased with that. No problem taking pictures and video in the studio! [Laughs] I can actually represent Dean guitars, so that's nice. And I can really fly on that guitar. It's the guitar that I'm most comfortable playing, so it's just nice that I can play that on the album.
 
I have to ask – do you still have your old roadflare red Ibanez RG550 from the Carcass days?
 
You know, that was my brother's first guitar. I sort of lent that to him when he started playing, because it was just in storage, and what he did was he …talk about wood shop, he stripped all the red paint off it, so it's just all natural wood now! There's no lacquer on it at all! And it's a real shame, because I loved that roadflare red. I was a bit surprised when I saw what he'd done! Because I didn't actually give him the guitar, I just lent it to him, and he went to town on it. But I know some people at Ibanez. I'm thinking of maybe giving it to them and seeing if they could paint it in its original roadflare red. Because it looks killer, because the neck is so worn. You can just see all the years of shredding on that maple fingerboard. And it's a nice guitar. At the time it certainly did me very well.
 
I've got one of the 20th anniversary reissues they put out a few years ago…
 
And it's the roadflare red?
 
Yeah. 
 
That's the one! That was really funny – that was my first endorsement guitar, going back to 1990. I ordered a black RG550 and I opened up the case and there's roadflare red. I was like, "Whoa." And I had the bass player leaning over me at the time going "That's …that's pink!" I was like, "I don't know, I'm not sure it's pink but it's definitely very out-there!" But it's really cool. That's a classic now. That's for sure. I might make a roadflare red V! [Laughs]
 
So what are you using for amps at the moment?
 
I'm using Marshall amplification. Very boring, traditional! [Laughs] I've been using that for a few years now. I was with Randall for a while, using some of their stuff, especially their modular amps. I've got four of those heads sitting here. Modular amps that the preamps could slot into. I think they were designed by Egnater. But I still have a bunch of other amps, cabs, stuff like that. I've got too much gear. I've got like a music shop in my storage room here at our rehearsal studio. But it's nice to have. I just bought another amp, a Roland JC-120. I just always wanted one for cleans. I got a late 70s one in mint condition with original cover and everything, so I was quite excited by that. And I just love playing clean, and those are the best clean tone there is, I think, with the real chorus effect and everything. That's amazing. So that's obviously going to be a studio tool. But yeah, it's been Marshalls now for a while. I'm using a head that they don't produce any more. I found out that Michael Schenker was playing the 2205 50 watt JCM800 model, so I tracked down five of those.
 
Ah, so you're the guy who's got them!
 
Yeah! So if anybody's looking, give up looking. I'm the guy that's got them! I just thought they sounded very, very nice. Lots of headroom and that really spongey kind of gain. I put a bit of Tube Screamer in front of it as well, but it's got that sort of very fluid feel, it fills in the gaps. It's just got this really nice, responsive feel to it. And that's what you hear on all my leads on Khaos Legions, for instance. For the rhythms on that album I used a Marshall JVM410, which is a more modern amp Marshall does. Marshalls and Tube Screamers, Celestion Vintage 30 speakers. So a very old-school setup, I guess. But that's just the sound and tone I heard that struck me when I was a kid, the players I was listening to then, and I'm a product of that time, the early 80s, really. When I think of a good guitar tone I think of something like that. I don't think of a highly processed, technological sound. I didn't really grow up on that stuff. So I'm a product of that time, I guess.
 
Well that's it. I'm a Marshall user myself and they just sound like hard rock. That's the sound right there.
 
Yeah! That's it, really. I mean, for a while I was using the original 5150 head, in the early to mid 90s. I've just had fun with lots of amps. And I've still got those amps, as well. I just have a hard time parting with stuff. I think "I might need that one day." And then I'm very pleased when I actually do get to use them. Also, I only use analog echoes on the albums. I use like a Tom Scholtz Rockman half-rack echo, split into stereo cabs and stuff like that, to try to get a different lead tone. Or I use a Roland tape echo, a real tape echo that I have, because if you just throw on a plug-in that everyone else is using around the world on every metal album, everything's just going to end up sounding the same. So I think it's kinda cool to throw something else on there. I don't know how many people can actually tell, but it's a unique tone.
 
Arch Enemy Australian tour dates:
SYDNEY – Mon, April 30 – Manning Bar
MELB – Tues, May 1 – Billboard
 
STORM CORROSION is the long-discussed and highly anticipated collaboration between two of the modern progressive rock scene's most innovative and multi-talented artists: Mikael Åkerfeldt of OPETH and PORCUPINE TREE's Steven Wilson. The pair will release "Storm Corrosion" on May 8, but you can pre-order it in two deluxe packages starting today.

The "Storm Corrosion" Special Edition Blu-ray/CD Set & Collector's Edition Double LP Bundle (pre-order link) is $50, and includes the album on 180-gram black virgin vinyl, in a gatefold jacket with exclusive artwork; a digital download of the entire album in high-quality FLAC files; the Blu-ray/CD version of the record, which offers the album on CD; a Blu-ray disc containing a 5.1 audio mix of the entire album, two exclusive demo tracks, and five instrumental tracks; a 24" x 36" fold-out poster; and a separate 12" x 12" poster autographed by both Mikael Åkerfeldt and Steven Wilson.

The "Storm Corrosion" Collector's Edition Double-LP Set (pre-order link) is $35, and includes the vinyl version, the digital download, and the two posters.

"Storm Corrosion" track listing:

CD

01. Drag Ropes (9:52)
02. Storm Corrosion (10:12)
03. Hag (6:28)
04. Happy (4:53)
05. Lock Howl (6:09)
06. Ljudet Innan (10:20)

Blu-ray:

01. Drag Ropes
02. Storm Corrosion
03. Hag
04. Happy
05. Lock Howl
06. Ljudet Innan
07. Drag Ropes
08. Storm Corrosion
09. Hag
10. Happy
11. Lock Howl
12. Ljudet Innan
13. Drag Ropes (demo)
14. Hag (demo)

A little background information on the genesis of this project: Åkerfeldt and Wilson have been friends since the late '90s, when Wilson co-produced OPETH's revered "Blackwater Park" album. Over the years, they'd often spoken of working on a project together, but it wasn't until recently that they managed to make something happen, when Mikael flew over to visit Steven in the U.K. and they ended up in Wilson's home studio throwing ideas around. That visit was the nascence of a whole self-titled album, written and produced by the pair, and mixed by Wilson.

The sound of STORM CORROSION can best be described as enchanting, orchestral, ambient, epic (half the album's tracks clock in around the 10-minute mark) and nothing short of surprising to the new ear. However, the musicians' respective fanbases will be primed to appreciate the new output, with Wilson's recent solo album, "Grace For Drowning", and OPETH's "Heritage" having brought them to a logical place to understand STORM CORROSION. This eponymous collection is almost viewed as one side of a musical triangle.

Says Wilson, "If you'd asked me three months ago about the music, I would have said, 'Expect the last thing you would expect.' But actually, now that 'Heritage' and 'Grace For Drowning' have come out, I don't think it's going to be that much of a shock to people, because it's almost like a third part of the trilogy, in a way. If anything, it's even more orchestral, even more stripped down, even more dark, twisted and melancholic… but it certainly feels like it comes from the same place as 'Heritage' and 'Grace For Drowning', which indeed it does because it was written during the same period."

"Some of the music on this record I think is the most beautiful music I have participated on ever," adds Åkerfeldt. "There's some magical sections on there. Musically, I think we've created something earthy, a bit frightening, exhausting, profound and rather intense. All at the same time. I can safely say I don't know any other band or artist that sounds anything like STORM CORROSION. I guess that was also one of our goals, so to speak."

Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R, Monte Conner, welcomed STORM CORROSION to the Roadrunner family, commenting, "I am honored to have the Roadrunner logo on the STORM CORROSION album. Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt have demonstrated time and time again that they are two of the truest and most important artists working today, and it is not often that I get to work with musicians of this caliber. This album is a beautiful piece of work that will appeal to fans of Steven and Mikael's past records, while at the same time exploring new avenues for both artists."
 
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"The Crow, The Owl And The Dove", the second single from NIGHTWISH's latest album, "Imaginaerum", has entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 1. The single features the title cut in three versions — radio edit, album version and instrumental — and the previously unreleased song "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" (theme from the movie "The Piano") in two different versions.

NIGHTWISH will release a special "tour edition" of "Imaginaerum", on April 13 via Nuclear Blast Records. It will be a 2CD+DVD digibook in slipcase.

"Imaginaerum" sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, 2007's "Dark Passion Play", opened with 11,000 units to land at No. 84.

"Imaginaerum" was released in North America on January 10 via Roadrunner Records.
 SIR SODOFF & THE TRAIN WRECKS, the band fronted by DEF LEPPARD/THIN LIZZY guitarist Vivian Campbell, will perform tomorrow night (Friday, March 9) at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California. The group will play two separate sets, with the first one scheduled for 9:30 p.m. and the second one set to begin at 11:30 p.m.

For more information, go to this location.

SIR SODOFF & THE TRAIN WRECKS is:

Vivian Campbell - Guitar/Vocals
Lou Castro - Bass
Michael Fell - Harmonica
Kara Grainger - Guitar/Vocals
Glen Sobel - Drums

Video footage of SIR SODOFF & THE TRAIN WRECKS' January 12, 2012 concert at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California can be seen below.

Vivian Campbell last year toured with the latest reincarnation of THIN LIZZY — this time with THE ALMIGHTY frontman Ricky Warwick at the helm. Campbell and Warwick joined THIN LIZZY alumni Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton. Also on board was former WHITESNAKE bassist Marco Mendoza. Vivian has since been permanently replaced in THIN LIZZY by Damon Johnson.
 
 
Hot off the heels of the massive North American Gigantour (alongside MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD and VOLBEAT), Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL have announced the "Dark Legacy" tour, the band's only headlining run in the United States in 2012. The shows will feature a set of more than two hours, with material spanning all of LACUNA COIL's albums.

Commented LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia: "The 'Dark Legacy' tour is a dream come true! This tour will present the history of LACUNA COIL, melding old fans with a new generation of Coilers. The 'Dark Legacy' set will offer both the electric and acoustic vibe and absolute melodic epicness!"

Added frontman Andrea Ferro: "We wanted to give our fans a special present for LACUNA COIL's fifteenth anniversary and that was the inspiration for the 'Dark Legacy' tour. The 'Dark Legacy' show will be very special, with a lot of our history in a surprise-filled set. You won't want to miss it!"

"Dark Legacy" tour dates:

April 07 - San Diego, CA - Soma
April 08 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
April 10 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
April 13 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Club
April 14 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
April 16 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
April 18 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
April 21 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
April 22 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater

LACUNA COIL's new album, "Dark Adrenaline", sold around 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band's previous CD, "Shallow Life", opened with 21,000 units back April 2009 to land at No. 16.

LACUNA COIL's 2006 album, "Karmacode", premiered with 34,000 copies back in April 2006 to enter the chart at No. 28. It has since sold more than 200,000 units in the U.S.

The band's 2002 album, "Comalies", has shifted more than 300,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
After 12 years, six albums, and tours around the world, singer Roberto "Ramon" Messina has decided to leave long-running Italian power metallers SECRET SPHERE due to musical differences.

Commented the remaining members of the band: "We are very thankful for what Roberto did for the band during all these years. We are friends before musicians. He was with us since the beginning and the fans are really close to his voice.

"The split happened during the recordings of the seventh album, but in a friendly way. We wish Roberto all the best for his future.

"We still have in our hands our best album so far and we are 100% concentrated to give to the band a new incredible voice.

"A new singer means to give a new face to the band and our fans deserve the best and we'll give 'em the best!

SECRET SPHERE's sixth album, "Archetype", was released in Europe in September 2010 via Scarlet Records. The CD was recorded at Authoma Studios and was produced by guitarist Aldo Lonobile and Federico Pennazzato. The album was mastered at Massive Arts Studio, while the cover artwork was handled by Gustavo Sazes.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello wants conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh to stop using the band's music on his radio show. "Rush Limbaugh played 'Sleep Now In The Fire' as a bumper on his show today," Morello told RollingStone.com. "Our response: 'Hey, jackass, stop using our music on your racist, misogynist, right-wing clown show."

Earlier in the week, Canadian rock legends RUSH sent a cease-and-desist letter to Limbaugh asking for their music to be pulled from Limbaugh's syndicated talk show.

Limbaugh made several inflamatory remarks about a Georgetown University law student last week, calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she argued that birth control should be covered by health insurance at religious institutions. He subsequently apologized, saying his choice of words was not the best.

According to RollingStone.com, radio programs generally don't need explicit permission from songwriters to play their music. Radio networks are covered under blanket agreements for "public performance" of the songs in major publishing catalogs, and so long as those networks pay their licensing fees, they are allowed to play whatever they like within the bounds of FCC regulations. However, in RUSH's cease-and-desist letter, the band's attorney claimed that the "public performance of RUSH's music is not licensed for political purposes," essentially arguing that the scope of a public performance license has limits.
CANDLEBOX is set to hit the road this spring in support of its first studio album in nearly four years, "Love Stories & Other Musings". The first leg, covering 22 cities, launches on April 7 in Pensacola, Florida.

Produced by Ken Andrews (PETE YORN, A PERFECT CIRCLE, TENACIOUS D, BECK), "Love Stories & Other Musings" features nine new tracks and five bonus tracks, re-recordings of some of the band's biggest hits, including "Far Behind" and "Cover Me".

The enthusiasm for this new record is not just reserved for the fans, "Years ago I read something that changed the way I look at EVERYTHING! It struck so deeply that I have never forgotten it. It simply stated, 'without music, life would be a mistake,'" says CANDLEBOX lead vocalist and co-founder Kevin Martin. "I've never forgotten it, even when I was struggling to find a song or a melody it kept me searching and frankly I could not imagine my life without it [music]. This record for me is no mistake, it is our music and our love for what a great gift we have been given. 'Love Stories & Other Musings' is a new direction for us and I couldn't be happier to share it with our fans."

"I haven't felt this way about a release from CANDLEBOX since our first record. The feeling for this record is both refreshing and stimulating," adds guitarist Peter Klett. "I can't be more excited to release this music to the fans who have been with us for so long."

After signing to their new label AudioNest, CANDLEBOX are carving their own role in today's modern music scene, thanks to the support of their loyal fans. They have spent much of the past five years playing Stateside and abroad for troops and appearing at festivals on multiple continents.
 
Massachusetts stoner rockers CORTEZ have inked a deal with the German label Bilocation Records for the vinyl release of their long-awaited, self-titled full-length effort. The double LP will be released this spring on high-quality vinyl. The gatefold cover artwork and layout was created by renowned artist Alexander von Wieding (NUCLEAR ASSAULT, MONSTER MAGNET, KARMA TO BURN, SUPLECS).

"Cortez" was recorded by Ethan Dussault (CAVE IN, BLACK THAI, MORNE, TIDES, CASPIAN) at New Alliance Audio in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

CORTEZ's previous album, "Thunder In A Forgotten Town", came out in 2007 via Belgium's Buzzville Records.

For more information, visit www.cortezboston.com.
 
 
Swedish metallers SOLITUDE will release their debut album, "Tied To The Anchor", on March 21. The CD was produced by Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordström (BRING ME THE HORIZON, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.

According to a press release, "You can expect an album full of energy and packed with melodies combining the screaming and singing of Patrik Larsson and Dennis Warelius. With role models like KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, combined with the Swedish metal scene, these guys wants to bring some new quality metal to the world."

A video for the first single, "Under Fading Skies", can be seen below.

SOLITUDE is:

Patrik Larsson - Vocals
Dennis Warelius - Guitar, Clean Vocals
Christoffer Apell - Guitar
Niclas Staberg - Bass
William Turner – Drums

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/solitudeswe.
 
ONE-WAY MIRROR — the French band featuring Guillaume Bideau (MNEMIC) and David and Franck Potvin (LYZANXIA, PHAZE I) — will release its sophomore album, "Destructive By Nature", on April 16. The cover artwork was once again dessigned by plastic arts master Alain Tréhard at the Maria Hell Studio in La Rochelle, France. According to a press release, "Alain was inspired by the title of the album to create this unstructured masterpiece."

A one-and-a-half-minute trailer for the CD can be seen below.

ONE-WAY MIRROR previously stated about the upcoming album, "Even though they composed these latest bombtracks in the similar vein of their first album, ONE-WAY MIRROR was able to nurture the fresh and perfectly controlled combination of violence and pure melodies with catchy components.

"This album is not unlike shrapnel as it will embed itself in your system upon explosion. Some songs will make the fans bang their heads while others will simply decimate them altogether.

"The band's goal will remain playing the very music they want to listen to. No constraints, no limits or barriers and no rules apply. The musicians of ONE-WAY MIRROR agree that the motivation to compose and to record a metal album is pure pleasure before any other consideration.

"David Potvin and Guillaume Bideau are producing the album and . . . the sound is extremely powerful, natural and modern."

ONE-WAY MIRROR's self-titled debut album was released in June 2008 via Metal Blade Records.

ONE-WAY MIRROR is:

Guillaume Bideau (MNEMIC) - Vocals
David Potvin (LYZANXIA, PHAZE I) – Lead Guitar
Franck Potvin (LYZANXIA, PHAZE I) – Rhythm Guitar
Clément Rouxel (T.A.N.K) - Drums
Vincent Perdicaro (GENERAL LEE) – Bass
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Austrian modern metallers DIVINE TEMPTATION are back with a vengeance. On their new studio album, "Killer Suites", the five-piece throws a relentless bastard of prog, death and djent at mankind. Varied songwriting, punchy eight-string guitars, droning bass, lush drumming and multi-faceted vocals, all packed into tight production makes for a fresh and unconventional album. The thriving djent sound has left audible traces on the new album and increasingly replaces former progressive structures.
While the core lineup of the band has remained stable with Stefan Graf (guitar), Patrick Schrittwieser (drums) and Christoph Bammer (guitar, backing vocals), Marco "Snake" Modl (vocals, bass) decided to focus solely on vocals, which led to the addition of Johannes Leierer to handle bass duties. Thus, the overall sound became more sophisticated, still stickling for details, yet harder edged and more punchy.

"Killer Suites" was produced over a year's time at Mirror Production Studio under the direction of Stefan Graf. The CD was independently released by the bandmembers themselves and is exclusively available at DivineTemptation.bandcamp.com either as regular jewel-case CD for €10 or as digital download on a pay-what-you-want-scheme.

The new DIVINE TEMPTATION offering may please all those music fans who are into modern, diversified metal with lots of low end as well as melodic arrangements.

"Killer Suites" track listing:

01. Killer Sweets
02. Incarnat
03. Lighthouse
04. This Dying Love
05. Strange Cargo
06. Peccavi
07. Deviance
08. Clairvoyance
 
Swedish extreme metallers IMPLODE are working on material for their sophomore album. According to the band, the new CD will feature "a far more brutal and aggressive sound" than that on their debut, last year's "The Hour Has Come".

"The Hour Has Come" was released last May via Supernova Records. IMPLODE has since parted ways with the company and is currently seeking a new label home.

IMPLODE's "Memento Mori" demo earned the band the tag "Best Unsigned Act in Sweden" courtesy of Close-Up Magazine.

The group has previously shared the stage with such acts as THE HAUNTED, ENTOMBED and WITHIN TEMPTATION.

In early 2009, IMPLODE parted ways with vocalist Viktor Brunö and replaced him with Johan Ejerblom. The group's sound began to take the shape, with the band pursuing "a more rough and evil" direction, according to IMPLODE's official bio.
 
Century Media Records has announced the signing of Dutch death metal doom mongers GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT.

GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT was founded in 2011 by former ASPHYX guitar player Eric Daniels who left behind the active death metal scene years ago after the release of ASPHYX's studio album "On The Wings Of Inferno". But as one should never deny his roots, Mr. Daniels is now back from beyond and ready to spread the plague of doom once more.

"After some resting years, the wish to play real doom/death was boiling again," he says. "It feels great to compose again; my guitars are more close to me than they were ever before. GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT gives me the motivation and true belief to spit out the true and real doom/death.

"I have five words to say about the upcoming album: heavy ...brutal... doom ... crushing ... real.

"My respect and gratitude towards the fans who kept supporting me, even when I wasn't there. YOU RULE!!!"

Still having maintained very close contact to his old band mates of ASPHYX, Eric has teamed up with Martin Van Drunen and Bob Bagchus for GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT as well. Still, GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT differs from the current ASPHYX sound.

Commented Philipp Schulte, A&R at Century Media in Germany: "We are very happy to have Eric Daniels back on the label with his new band.

"Eric and Century Media have a long and good history together.

"When we received the first instrumental samples of GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT, we instantly knew we have to release the band's material. This is crushing, twisted and sick death metal, composed by one of the few real riff masters of the scene.

"I am aware of the fact that GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT will instantly be compared to ASPHYX due to the lineup similarities and Eric's involvement in ASPHYX for many years. Still the two bands have a different approach on death metal and people will easily recognize those differences in the sound."

Eric explains the musical direction of GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT as follows: "GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT is a five-piece band, with two guitar players, in order to give more heaviness and possibilities to the songs. That differs from ASPHYX, as well as the fact that we down-tuned to B and the challenge between heaviness and brutality. The structure of the songs is more basic. Riffs will tell the story. We don't hesitate to play riffs longer if it feels right. GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT is more brutal, saw-like playing than ASPHYX what will be noticeable in the sound. Shortly said: GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT is a band standing at its own, no wink to ASPHYX, no connection."

GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT is putting the finishing touches on its as-yet-untitled debut album for a late 2012 release.

GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT is:

Eric Daniels - Guitar
Bob Bagchus - Drums
Theo Van Eekelen - Bass
Alwin Zuur - Guitar
Martin Van Drunen - Vocals

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