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AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry recently told AOL's Noisecreep that he's a "definite old-school Republican" who believes that politics has become more about branding than ideas. As he explained, "I was taught that you get what you put into it. You can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough at it, and you can earn your place. That's the old way. Now, it's all meshed together and you can barely figure out one side from the other."
He continued, "My favorite president was actually John Kennedy. Oh, and Eisenhower. I don't think we've had anyone like those guys since Reagan, but you need somebody you can believe in.
"Look, I didn't believe in everything Kennedy said or did, but you believed in your heart that he was really there and he was going to stand up for what he believed in. That's what is most important. Today they say one thing one day, and another thing another day. You can't figure these guys out.
"The bottom line is I'm a definite old school Republican and you can put that in there. I was one of the few people that came out for McCain and got a lot of shit for it.
"There's an awful lot of people out there in L.A. that were jumping up and down for Obama that aren't right now. It's just what it is. So much of this stuff is politicizing, what the media does is so much about selling a product. It makes me kind of nuts.
"This band has always has had a policy we're all pretty much on the same page when new start talking politics. We all came up in that era when you were taught that can do anything you set your minds to and by God we walked on the moon, just like JFK said we would."
Below: Joe Perry tweet from February 2012
A three-minute video clip of the members of AEROSMITH — Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums) — talking to Fuse TV about their new album, "Music From Another Dimension", can be seen below.
"Music From Another Dimension" will be released on November 6 via Columbia Records. It marks the band's 15th studio album and their first studio collection of all-new material in 11 years. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and at the band's studio in Massachusetts; it was produced by Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, with the exception of three tracks produced by Tyler and Marti Frederiksen.
"Music From Another Dimension" features 15 new tracks, including two songs that audiences in North America were treated to on the first leg of the band's triumphant, sold-out "Global Warming Tour". The CD presents AEROSMITH in ferociously fine form and at the peak of their powers. They're the only band of their stature with all-original members and who are playing better than ever have before. The album abounds with one highlight after another, including "Out Go The Lights", "Oh Yeah", "Luv XXX", "We All Fall Down", "Street Jesus" and "Can't Stop Loving You", on which Tyler duets with Carrie Underwood. The album also includes "Freedom Fighter", which features Johnny Depp on backing vocals.
"It's not that it took ten years," Steven Tyler says, "but that we were busy getting ready!"
"This is the album we wanted to make since the band got back together in 1984," Joe Perry says. "Can't complain about number one singles or album-driven sold-out world tours, as we blaze the AEROSMITH trail with our fans. But this is the record that when the five of us are in a room yelling turn up the volume, that room could be 1325 Commonwealth Avenue (a reference to the band's first apartment where they lived and wrote their first song)."
A deluxe version of "Music From Another Dimension" will include:
* Four live performance videos: "Rats In The Cellar", "Train Kept A Rollin'", "Oh Yeah" and "Same Old Song and Dance"
* Exclusive interviews with the members of AEROSMITH bandmembers
* Three exclusive new bonus tracks: "Up On A Mountain", "Oasis" and "Sunny Side of Love"
The "Music From Another Dimension" track listing is as follows:
01. Luv XXX
02. Oh Yeah
03. Beautiful
04. Tell Me
05. Out Go The Lights
06. Legendary Child
07. What Could Have Been Love
08. Street Jesus
09. Can't Stop Loving You
10. Lover A Lot
11. We All Fall Down
12. Freedom Fighter
13. Closer
14. Something
15. Another Last Goodbye
Having recently completed the North American leg of the "Maiden England World Tour", one of the most successful rock tours of the summer, IRON MAIDEN will now be storming across Europe in 2013 playing stadiums, major festivals and arenas with this critically acclaimed show. The first date to be announced is at the U.K.'s Download festival on Saturday, June 15 when MAIDEN return to the legendary Donington Park to headline for a record fifth time! (following 1988,1992, 2003 and 2007).
That achievement is equally significant as 2013 is the 25th anniversary of MAIDEN first topping the bill there in 1988 when the festival was known as Monsters Of Rock attracting 107,000 fans, which is still the highest attendance ever at Donington. This was during their "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" tour, from which the current tour draws much of its inspiration for both set list and production as seen in the 1988 long form concert video "Maiden England", making this Download appearance even more unique!
Says MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson: "We were completely overwhelmed by the reaction from our North American fans to the 'Maiden England' tour, which was our most extensive tour there for many years. Some of the cities we played we hadn't visited in over twenty years so had no idea what to expect! But the opening night in Charlotte was packed to the rafters and the crowd was amazing. This continued throughout making the whole tour very special. We had a lot of fun playing the older songs there and the fans seemed to love the set list and Eddie's various incarnations! We all can't wait to bring this show to our European fans."
"We're absolutely over the moon to be headlining Donington again. The idea of returning exactly 25 years later with a show inspired by that same 1988 'Seventh Son' tour was too good an opportunity to be missed! And, thanks to modern technology, we've been able to update and improve on the original production. We will be bringing a huge new lightshow, stage set, various incarnations of Eddie, plenty of pyro and all kinds of other exciting stuff for the fans. And, of course, treating the fans to lots of their favourite songs from that period!
"We've had many great times at Donington and there is always a wonderful mix of bands and a really wild crowd who love their metal, all of which makes for a memorable show and fantastic party atmosphere!"
Adds MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris: "We know how popular the 'History Of Maiden' tours are with fans of all ages, so we want to take the show to as many places as we possibly can around Europe, taking with us the full production we had in North America. We had a huge amount of fun with the set list as we got to play songs we'd not played in a very long time like 'Seventh Son', 'The Prisoner' and 'Afraid To Shoot Strangers', as well as fan favorites like 'The Trooper', 'Aces High', 'The Number Of The Beast', 'Wasted Years' and 'Run To The Hills'. The opening leg of the tour was so enjoyable for the whole band we're really looking forward to taking it to our fans in Europe, and, of course, Donington".
Many more European dates will be announced over the next few months.
"Unpackaging" videos for the "deluxe-edition" reissues of the first three DIO albums — "Holy Diver", "The Last In Line" and "Sacred Heart" — can be seen below. The CDs were made available in March via Universal Music. These reissues were made available worldwide, except in North America, where Warner Bros. owns the rights to the material.
In May 2010, the world of hard rock and heavy metal had lost one of its most gifted and fervent ambassadors, with the passing of Ronnie James Dio. In his position as lead vocalist for rock giants such as RAINBOW and BLACK SABBATH, as well as fronting his own eponymous band for nearly three decades, Dio created some of the genres most defining and respected works. Albums such as "Holy Diver", "Sacred Heart" and "The Last In Line" all stand as towering monuments of sheer class and brilliance in the rock pantheon. Dio was also to pave the way in regards to performing live, as few equaled him. With his incredible vocal range, Dio was to preside over countless memorable rock shows, enthralling his millions of fans worldwide.
As well as the original CD being remastered, these reissues each feature a bonus CD containing an expanded booklet with notes from Malcolm Dome and has been endorsed by Ronnie's widow Wendy Dio.
"Holy Diver" was the debut album from DIO, released May 25, 1983. It was hailed by critics as some of his best work and in January 1986 it was awarded silver certification in the U.K. The upbeat sounding "Rainbow In The Dark" was to catch MTV's attention, with the title track also standing out.
"The Last In Line" was the second DIO studio album. It was released on July 13, 1984 and was the first album from DIO to reach platinum status as well as No. 4 in the U.K. chart. This new album showcased the anthemic tracks "We Rock" and "I Speed at Night" as well as the seven-minute epic "Egypt ( The Chains Are On)".
Issued in October 1985, "Sacred Heart" was the third studio album from DIO. The album reached No. 4 in the U.K. chart and was to go on to be certified gold. This was to become a much-loved DIO album, and contained the tracks "Rock N' Roll Children" and "Hungry For Heaven". The stage show that was to accompany this album was hailed as a spectacle, involving a mechanized dragon as well as lasers. Ronnie and his band were to refer to the dragon as Denzil. This was the last studio album to be released by DIO that included guitarist Vivian Campbell.
The first disc in each reissue consists of the original album, remastered by Andy Pearce. The following are details for the bonus disc included with each reissue.
"Holy Diver" - Disc Two (one studio track, along with live recordings)
01. Evil Eyes
02. Stand Up And Shout
03. Straight Through The Heart
04. Stand Up And Shout
05. Shame On The Night
06. Children Of The Sea
07. Holy Diver
08. Rainbow In The Dark
09. Man On The Silver Mountain
"Last In Line" - Disc Two
01. Stand Up And Shout (live) (B-side of "Last In Line" single)
02. Straight Through The Heart (live) (B-side of "Last In Line" single)
03. Eat Your Heart Out (live) (from "Mystery" single)
04. Don't Talk To Strangers (live) (from "Mystery" single)
05. Holy Diver (live) (B-side of "We Rock" single)
06. Rainbow In The Dark (live) (B-side of "We Rock" single)
07. One Night In The City (live) (recorded Pinkpop festival)
08. We Rock (live) (recorded Pinkpop festival)
09. Holy Diver (live) (recorded Pinkpop festival)
10. Stargazer (live) (recorded Pinkpop festival)
11. Heaven And Hell (live) (recorded at Pinkpop festival)
12. Rainbow In The Dark (live) (recorded at Pinkpop festival)
13. Man On The Silver Mountain (live) (recorded at Pinkpop festival)
14. Don't Talk To Strangers (live) (recorded at Pinkpop festival)
"Sacred Heart" - Disc Two
01. Hide in the Rainbow (studio track, originally on the soundtrack to the movie "Iron Eagle")
02. We Rock (live) (B-side of "Rock N Roll Children" single)
03. The Last in Line (live) (B-side of "Rock N Roll Children" single)
04. Like the Beat Of A Heart (live) (B-side of "Rock N Roll Children" single)
05. King of Rock & Roll (live) (taken from "Intermission" EP)
06. Rainbow In The Dark (live) (taken from "Intermission" EP)
07. Sacred Heart (live) (taken from "Intermission" EP)
08. Time To Burn (studio) (taken from "Intermission" EP)
09. Rock 'N' Roll Children (live) (taken from "Intermission" EP)
10. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll (live) (taken from "Intermission" EP)
11. Man On The Silver Mountain (live) (taken from "Intermission" EP)
12. We Rock (live) (taken from "Intermission" EP)
Four of METALLICA's classic LPs were voted among the "The Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time" by the online readers of Rolling Stone magazine.
In announcing the results of the poll — which was launched last Friday — the editors of Rolling Stone wrote, "Metal fans are a very passionate bunch. They're also very opinionated, so when we asked them to vote for their favorite metal albums we expected a huge response. We also expected a big debate about the very definition of 'heavy metal.' Some metal fans say that groups like LED ZEPPELIN and GUNS N' ROSES are metal. Others think that's completely insane. We aren't here to settle these debates. We're merely here to count the votes."
"The Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time," according to the online readers of Rolling Stone magazine:
01. "Master Of Puppets" - METALLICA
02. "Paranoid" - BLACK SABBATH
03. "Black Sabbath" - BLACK SABBATH
04. "The Number Of The Beast" - IRON MAIDEN
05. "...And Justice For All" - METALLICA
06. "Reign In Blood" - SLAYER
07. "Appetite For Destruction" - GUNS N' ROSES
08. "Metallica" - METALLICA
09. "Led Zeppelin II" - LED ZEPPELIN
10. "Ride The Lightning" - METALLICA
To see the complete poll results, visit RollingStone.com.
DAVID SWAN puts former Guns N' Roses member and bassist-at-large Duff McKagan "In The Firing Line" to talk reality TV, financial advice and why Velvet Revolver can't find another singer.
Being a member of one of the hardest rocking bands of all time comes with certain responsibilities and expectations. Firstly, to write an explosive book about your experiences. Secondly, have a falling out with the lead singer to the point where you stipulate that he's a persona non grata when it comes to interviews. And third, star with your wife in a shameless reality show. But Duff McKagan has always gone above and beyond, and his post Guns N' Roses career has seen him work as a magazine columnist and form grandiose supergroups all while fronting his own band, Duff McKagan's Loaded, who will be en route to Australia for Soundwave in 2013.
It's a warm 4pm afternoon on the west coast of the United States, and Duff was in fine form as he spoke to FL about supergroups, that infamous Calder Park gig in Melbourne in 1993, why he really left Jane's Addiction and how he feels about the rest of the world seeing his wife, model Susan Holmes-McKagan, naked. If you're after the same tired old drug stories read his autobiography, It's So Easy (And Other Lies).
Which band are you most proud of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver or Loaded?
You didn't name a lot of bands … I'm just proud of the fact people will still come and see me play. I don't know if there's one band in particular. I think just the whole arc has been jaw dropping for me, really. I'm proud of it all.
Why "Duff McKagan's Loaded" why not just "Loaded"?
That's a great question. I went for just Loaded myself, when the band first started, I guess to distinguish this Loaded from all the other Loadeds touring around.
Who is really going to replace Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver?
I have no idea.
Where's that at right now?
Um … I think it's at nowhere. I think everybody just kind of got sick of talking about it, because there's really no guy, so there's nothing that me or Slash or Matt [Sorum] or Dave [Kushner] could say that would change the course of this question. So there's nobody now, I think the longer that Slash is out touring, and that I'm out touring, people will stop asking as much. Maybe once it's settled down, we'll find the guy.
Is it more intimidating being in a "supergroup" than a regular band?
All the bands are super. The intention is, when Slash and Matt and I were first writing songs and there was a murmur around LA and the music industry that we were writing songs, it wasn't called a supergroup, it was just three guys from Guns. So as soon as you add that other guy from another band, suddenly [it's a supergroup] ... I mean when I think of the word "supergroup", I'm an older guy, so I think of Asia, and that was the first time I'd ever heard the word. And we're not fuckin' like Asia. But it was no more intimidating playing with Slash and Matt in 2003 and 2004 when we started that thing than it was in the '90s. We're just fellas. Scott, I'd already been friends with for quite some time, so it was just another buddy. From the outside, it's like, "Oh my god! The superpowers are coming together", but it's more like "not really", but you can't really argue with that.
Two decades on how do you feel about your solo album Believe In Me?
It's a good snapshot of a drunken idiot. I think it was a great snapshot of my state of mind … I don't think it's a great record, I think it's a great snapshot.
What are your memories (if any) of the infamous Gunners concert at Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne: the heat, audience running out of water, etc.?
I don't remember anyone running out of water, but of course I wouldn't have heard about it – there was no internet then. I remember the gig, I remember just seeing a fucking sea of people. And Australia, well the first time we came down and played there in like '88, it's so far away for an American, and pretty fuckin' exotic, you know. It was big. For us, a 2000-seater and there was a guy and he had the cross from the album cover Appetite For Destruction, tattooed on his back. When I come to Australia I still remember that one guy, and it sorta signified to me the commitment of that country to our band. Whether that's an unfair thing or not, but it did. It made me think, "These guys are fucking hardcore."
So that gig, it was a big huge gig. Rose Tattoo was on it, and that was a band that really meant a lot. I'd discovered them when Guns first came together. It was like a Guinness World Record biggest gig in the southern hemisphere, something like that. It was during that period of the band where things were just getting bigger and bigger, you're 20 fucking six years old, and things like that became normal. You don't really know how to take it all in.
Would you ever consider starting Neurotic Outsiders again?
I would, yeah. That was probably the funnest band I've ever been in, just because we didn't give a shit, and we were in a band with [Sex Pistols guitarist] Steve Jones, and everything was sort of like The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle. We got a great huge record deal. We didn't try, we weren't trying, and going through all that experience with Jonesy who just didn't give a fuck, and he's one of my idols. Being in the navigator's seat for that was a great experience in my life.
Slash recently told the Aussie media that he once found his mum in bed with David Bowie. Did he make it up?
He wasn't making it up.
What is the best piece of financial advice you have to offer people reading this. [Duff recently started a financial consulting firm, Meridian Rock, for young musicians].
Bury it in your backyard. No, I had a financial column for a year during the financial crash, so 2009, and where I did my best service was I would disseminating heavy financial information for regular people like you and me to understand. I think my column helped some people feel a little less scared, to understand what all the terminology out there meant.
    "Marriage is hard enough without getting in a fake fight on TV, you know?"
You have a lot of things on the side going on. Is that cause music doesn't pay the bills like it used to?
Writing doesn't pay the bills. I just like to write, and Seattle Weekly gave me a call about four years ago, for a weekly column. I sort of fell into it. I read a lot. And I've got a column for ESPN, so suddenly I'm writing 2000 words a week and because of that much writing I was able to write the book. I've never done anything based on money or how earnings in the short term. I just like doing stuff I do. So if you see me doing something, I like doing it. But rock'n'roll doesn't pay all the bills for sure. Record sales pay some of the bills, but these days no one's really making a ton of money from selling records, maybe Linkin Park or Pearl Jam.
Why did you really leave Jane's Addiction, at the time you cited "musical differences"?
I didn't actually say that. I never did the "musical differences" thing, because I don't think it was. It was more to service that band … for a minute. And I've known those guys for a long time, and I got to play a couple of gigs with them, and help them write some songs. They were back on their own feet, and it's weird for me, a guy who's always started his own bands, it's kinda hard to come into a band with a 20-plus year history and try and fit in. They were really trying to make me feel like I fit in, but I did my service and I knew when it was time to say, "I'm good. Are you guys good? I'm good." It wasn't musical differences at all, it was just an unexplainable thing.
What was the most embarrassing part about being involved in Married to Rock?
The whole thing. But you know what? My wife has been there for me through a lot of shit. She got the opportunity to do that show, and I was like, "How much do you want me in the fuckin' show?" cause I live with three girls, and it was very present in our house. I fuckin' hate it, well I don't hate anything … It's just not my thing. But I love my wife, and she was excited about doing it. So I don't think I was really embarrassed, but they wanted me to do all kinds of stuff that wasn't me, like her and I getting in a fake fight. They were like, "Get in a fake fight about finding a new house", and I was like, "That is such fuckin bullshit, I won't do it." Marriage is hard enough without getting in a fake fight on TV, you know? And I couldn't fake fight, I couldn't do it. But the girls got to wear all fancy clothes and we got the makeup people and stuff so that made them happy for a while.
Does it bother you that everyone's seen your wife naked?
No! I saw her naked before I met her!
Duff McKagan's Loaded will perform at next year's Soundwave.
Despite the fact that veteran metallers ANTHRAX have been plagued with singer changes for most of their career, the band's guitarist, Scott Ian, is confident that the group's present formation will carry them into retirement.
"I've gone on record saying this will be the only version of ANTHRAX until there is no ANTHRAX," Ian tells the Georgia Straight. "That's how I feel, absolutely, in my heart. I don't see why we would do anything different. This band sounds so great; we made a great record. And I'm super-excited about the future of this band creatively."
One of the biggest reasons for Ian's excitement is the presence of ANTHRAX's lead singer Joey Belladonna. The frontman's initial stint with the group lasted from 1984 to 1992, and he was considered part of the band's classic lineup (alongside Dan Spitz, Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante), which reunited and toured during 2005 and 2006.
John Bush, who fronted ANTHRAX between 1992 and 2005, temporarily rejoined the group for a number of shows in late 2009 and early 2010 but stepped aside in May 2010 in order to make room for the return of Belladonna.
"There's a certain maniacal energy that Joey has onstage," Ian tells the Georgia Straight, "and that's his thing. I mean, if I just compare him to our contemporaries in the 'Big Four', between James [Hetfield of METALLICA] and Dave Mustaine [of MEGADETH] and Tom Araya [of SLAYER] you've got three frontmen that are all attached to the microphone — but Joey's all over the place on-stage. He's a maniac, and I always felt like that was one of the things that gave us the kick in the ass we needed way back when to be able to break through and make it, so to speak."
Canadian metal legends ANVIL have finished writing nine new songs for the follow-up to "Juggernaut Of Justice". ANVIL vocalist/guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow states, "Song #9 [is] uncharted territory for us… Interesting new, but still within who we are. Song #8 is still fresh and it's great to be getting better at playing the song. There are small, but super-important, details that come out of playing new songs over and over. This song has progressively gotten better every day and I'm having a killer time with it all... Looking forward to tomorrow to play the new songs again!!"
On September 24, Steamhammer/SPV will re-release three albums from ANVIL, all featuring new booklets containing new liner notes from Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner plus new photos.
"Back To Basics" (2004) and "Still Going Strong" (2002) will be available again as a high-class "2 in 1" double digipak CD, while 2007's "This Is Thirteen" opus will be re-released as a digipak CD, as well as a double gatefold LP, both with an exclusive bonus track.
< "Juggernaut Of Justice" was released in Europe on June 20, 2011 (three days earlier in Germany) via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort was made available as a limited-edition digipak (including two bonus tracks), double gatefold LP in blue vinyl, standard version and a digital download.
In an interview with MusicFrenzy.net, Lips stated about the departure of the band's longtime bassist Glenn Gyorffy (a.k.a. Glenn Five or G5) and the addition of Sal Italiano, "It's so much more a relaxed, comfortable feeling on the stage. Sal steps back for me to do the front thing rather than trying to compete with it, or be a distraction to it. It's comfortable — it makes it very comfortable when everybody realizes what it all is and there's no bad vibes, which is… I mean, vibes between the members is everything and the ill feelings that we had around us are gone."
Italiano is a member of the Long Island, New York IRON MAIDEN tribute band LIVE AFTER DEATH and original progressive metal act THE NIGHTMARE STAGE, as well as a former member of the acclaimed '80s heavy metal group CITIES.
Glenn Five joined ANVIL in 1996 and has appeared on seven of the band's albums, including "This Is Thirteen" and the group's latest release, "Juggernaut Of Justice", on which he wrote and sang the song "This Ride".
GREAT WHITE — Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals) — will film a video for the song "Hard To Say Goodbye" this coming Sunday, September 23 in Orlando, Florida. The clip was be helmed by the Flatbush South production team and there will be a press conference following the shoot.
GREAT WHITE was interviewed on the September 12 edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn. You can now listen to the program at RocklineRadio.com.
GREAT WHITE's latest album, "Elation", sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Issued on May 22 via Frontiers Records, the 12-song CD marks GREAT WHITE's first effort with Ilous following the band's split with founding singer Jack Russell.
GREAT WHITE filmed the "(I've Got) Something For You" video on April 27, in Tujunga, California. Photos from the video shoot can be found at this location.
This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, which features Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Matthew Johnson (DOCTOR M, JACK RUSSELL) on guitar, Dario Seixas (FIREHOUSE, STEPHEN PEARCY) on bass and Derrick Pontier (GREAT WHITE, SAMANTHA 7) on drums.
Russell filed a lawsuit against his estranged bandmates in March claiming that they fired him and stole the group's name while he was recovering from surgery to repair a perforated bowel. Named in the complaint were Kendall, Desbrow, Lardie and talent agency Bigg Time Entertainment. Kendall, Desbrow and Lardie responded with a 30-page counterclaim, filed on April 24 in a federal court in Los Angeles, accusing their former frontman of, among other things, "miss[ing] 80 performances in 18 months" before leaving the band; "irreparably damag[ing]" their "market reputation" by putting on performances that "are not up to the standard of GREAT WHITE; and misleading the public by stating that the musicians in Jack's new band "were once full members of GREAT WHITE." They also accuse Russell's new bandmates of "profit[ing] from their wrongful affiliation with the GREAT WHITE brand."
Former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo spoke to Pat Douglas of GreatFallsTribune.com about "Down IV Part I - The Purple EP", the first in a series of four DOWN EPs to be released over the next few years (with a year between EPs), each touching on a different aspect of the band's sound.
Asked why it has taken DOWN so long to release the follow-up to 2007's "Down III: Over the Under", Anselmo said, "We are the worst bald-faced liars on the planet when it comes to keeping promises on when the next record will be coming out. Everybody is busy, busy, busy with a million different things. When you're doing all that, time flies and the next thing you know, you're a liar and you're sitting there going , 'We haven't put out a record in three years.'
"We can make plans to get together after three years, and the next thing you know, by the time all the plans are made and everybody aligns and the stars align, it's another year later," he added. "It's just chaos. The new album is out, and I'm very much ready for the public to consume it."
On the topic of his many projects, including his upcoming solo album and autobiography, and his label, Housecore Records, for which also serves as the in-house producer, Anselmo said, "DOWN is something I do because I still enjoy doing it. More importantly, it's for the fans of the band."
He added, "I consider myself a free agent still to this day. I have to give DOWN that particular attention that it deserves, but it's not gonna stop me from doing other stuff."
Regarding the decision to release several EPs as opposed to full-length albums that might have 12 or 13 full tracks, Anselmo said, "I don't like doing big, full-on records that burn me out. I overthink (stuff). I know DOWN very well and I think overall working with this group of guys and trying to crank out 10, 11, 12 songs, to me, in my opinion, doing EPs with DOWN is less stressful.
"There's no second-guess songs, really," he continued. "There's no, 'Does this song belong on this group of 10, 12 songs?' There's no second-guessing yourself. Six songs? Fine."
According to Anselmo, DOWN used the same approach for the new EP as it did for its earliest demo recordings back in the early '90s. "Everybody flew in from wherever the hell we were living at the time," he said of the band's first demo tape. "We got together, demoed three songs. I had no lyrics with me. I wrote 'em on the spot. Sure enough, those three songs ended up on the debut record, 'NOLA'. 'Bury Me In Smoke', 'Losing All', 'Temptations Wings', those are some of the audience's favorite songs.
"That's the approach I took, man. I tried to honestly keep myself away from the project in a lot of ways. I did all my vocals alone. I think as a band, all of us didn't overthink this record. You take me, Pepper [Keenan], Kirk [Windstein] and Jimmy [Bower] and now Pat [Bruders], you put us all in the same room, you know it's gonna sound like DOWN."
Legendary singer Joe Lynn Turner (pictured below; RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has dismissed as a "rumor" the recent report on MelodicRock.com, that he is putting together a new supergroup with drummer Carmine Appice (KING KOBRA, VANILLA FUDGE, OZZY OSBOURNE, BLUE MURDER) and bassist Michael Anthony (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN), with a guitarist yet to be announced.
Joe and Carmine said that there was never any press release sent out by either of their media representatives or their record companies. While both of them agree that they have had casual conversations about musicians they would like to work with, including Michael Anthony, this news of the formation of a "supergroup" is not official or confirmed.
Turner admits: "Carmine and I are longtime friends and we have talked over the years about working together on future projects. These are conversations musicians like us often have all the time. These conversations are not official news; it is just casual talk. Like many artists, we exchange ideas about people we would like to work with if given the chance. Names like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Michael Anthony are all musicians we both admire but we never released any official news stating that we were planning to launch this so-called supergroup."
Turner and Appice would like to specifically apologize to Anthony and his fans for any confusion this rumor or any casual conversations might have caused.
Appice confirms: "We had nothing to do with the publishing of any of this news about this project and neither of us talked to any journalists or media people about a possible supergroup. Having said all this, Joe and I have worked together in the past and can't rule out the possibility of working together in the future."
Drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), bassist Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, DAVID LEE ROTH), guitarist Tony MacAlpine (neo classical-metal style, STEVE VAI) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, PLANET X, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) will join forces this fall, embarking on an extended tour of Europe and Asia. The virtuoso band will play an all-instrumental set consisting of material from each of their solo records and their previous collaborations as well as classic instrumental covers and extended solo spots.
Prior to the European/Asian trek, the group will play a one-off U.S. show on November 18 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City
Tickets for the concert go on sale this Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m.
Portnoy formed the lineup to perfom at two drum events at the NAMM show last January (footage below). Due to overwhelming response, that band has decided to take their show on the road.
"I knew when assembling this lineup that it would be a magical musical experience that would be a blast for us as well as the fans! I can't wait to play again with these tremendous musicians and share the experience with you all at these special shows!" says Portnoy.
German metal queen Doro Pesch will sign copies of her new album, "Raise Your Fist", at the following German Media Markt stores (and one Saturn store) in October:
* Friday, October 19
Media Markt Berlin
Grunerstraße 20
* Saturday, October 20
Media Markt Hamburg
Billstedter Platz 37j
* Saturday, October 20
Media Markt Hannover
Hildesheimer Str. 410
* Monday, October 22
Media Markt Heidelberg
Hebelstraße 22
* Tuesday, October 23
Saturn Fürth
Würzburger Straße 6
* Wednesday, October 24
Media Markt München
Einsteinstr. 130
* Thursday, October 25
Media Markt Stuttgart
Sindelfingen; Tilsiter Strasse 15
Doro's new EP, "Raise Your Fist In The Air", was released on August 3. The full-length album, "Raise Your Fist", will follow on October 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.
"Raise Your Fist In The Air" EP track listing:
01. Raise Your Fist In The Air
02. Victory
03. Engel
04. Lève Ton Poing Vers Le Ciel (French version of "Raise Your Fist In The Air")
The "Raise Your Fist In The Air" video can be seen below.
Pesch loves New York, which she considers her second home. However, when the rock lady from Düsseldorf, Germany recalls the "Raise Your First" video shoot, she still gets an uneasy feeling. That's because the filming didn't take place on Broadway or in Times Square, but far away from the American glitter world, in the dark corners of the Bronx.
Comments Doro: "For Manhattan we would have needed permissions to film for each and every street corner — in the Bronx, nobody cares." At least no police officers, that is. The activities of Doro and her bandmates didn't remain unobserved, of course. "We purposely trudged around the most rundown quarters in our video truck," she says. "The gangs that hung around there were watching every step of ours very, very suspiciously. We felt anything but safe. At times we were downright besieged by dark shapes."
She adds, "I explained to the guys who we were and that 'Raise Your Fist…' can be considered quite a critical song that names and shames the constantly growing injustice in the world." And when the singer offered the gang members and homeless people an opportunity to appear in the video, the subliminal aggression quickly turned into sheer enthusiasm.
"That was the best we could have done," Doro explains. "The video came out absolutely great. And the parts with the people from the Bronx are the ones I like most." She jokingly adds, "And it was also way better for our health."
Rocking out with Slash, Bret Michaels, Roger Daltrey and Gene Simmons is nothing but a fantasy for many hardcore music fans and air guitar superstars. David Fishof has made this dream come true for thousands of weekend rock stars with his nationally recognized Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp. Now, in his new book, "Rock Your Business: What You And Your Company Can Learn From The Business Of Rock And Roll" (BenBella Books, September 2012), which was recently seen on ABC's "Shark Tank", Fishof helps entrepreneurs in all industries make their business dreams and fantasies a reality.
"David Fishof has produced some of the largest music tours, represented some of the most famous acts and athletes in the world, and created the well-known Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp," says Bob Pittman, CEO of Clear Channel Radio. "In 'Rock Your Business', he shows you how you can use the tools that make rock stars household names to launch your own vision."
From evaluating your idea and finding partners to creating a business plan and crafting the
perfect pitch, Fishof offers entrepreneurs practical, sound business advice. Illustrated by stories from Fishof's seasoned 25-year career in the music business, "Rock Your Business" explains how the most successful acts are able to market, barter, form strategic partnerships, and overcome obstacles.
Fishof, who reunited THE MONKEES, worked with Ringo Starr to launch his All Starr tour, and has brought some of the most legendary rockers to Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp, shows readers how the top bands and musicians achieve a level of longevity, customer loyalty, and profitability that most businesses are unable to maintain.
"I've been learning from rock and roll my whole life, and it's enabled me to have an
entrepreneurial career that has exceeded my wildest dreams," Fishof writes. "I want to show others how to do the same."
Manchester, U.K.-based metallers BABYLON FIRE will release their full-length debut, "Dark Horizons", on November 12 via Rocksector Records.
Formed in 2007 on a foundation of IRON MAIDEN and BLACK SABBATH, extended into the territories of STONE SOUR, MACHINE HEAD and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, the band learned, developed and ultimately emerged with a signature sound which has helped them deliver an uncommonly mature and multi-dimensional debut with both hooks and depth.
Although now a four-piece, founding members Ryk Swillo (bass), Rishi Mehta (guitar), Will Reece (guitar), Mark Cooper (drums) and Mark Dunford (vocals) set out with the simple intention of writing dynamic, powerful and heavy songs with an emphasis on melody. This was the basis for a self-released four-track EP in 2009. Around this time, the band also increased its presence on the live circuit including support slots with ORANGE GOBLIN, BLAZE BAYLEY, HEAVEN'S BASEMENT, PANIC CELL, BEHOLDER and FURY UK.
Recorded during May-June 2012 at MCC Studios, Mottram, Cheshire, U.K. with producer Andy Giblin (I-DEF-I, PROFANE, KILL II THIS), "Dark Horizons" is a raging and ferocious, yet diverse, slab of heavy metal.
A free MP3 download of the track "Shattered Crown" is immediately available at the Rocksector web site.
Multinational metallers RAVEN LORD haves announced the addition of guitarist Joe Stump (HOLYHELL, REIGN OF TERROR) to the group's ranks.
Commented RAVEN LORD bassist Jamie Mallender: "I can barely contain my excitement. I am a huge fan of Joe's, so when Csaba [Zvekan, vocals] asked me what I thought about asking him to play for us I jumped at the chance to work with the finest exponent of the rock guitar virtuoso playing style.
"Joe Stump has quite a considerable catalogue of excellent solo releases under his belt — both instrumental and with REIGN OF TERROR, HOLYHELL and a long list of guest appearances. He is also a renowned guitar teacher with his own series of instructional releases available on Shred Academy and brings to the band a wealth of touring experience.
"RAVEN LORD sounded like an exciting prospect before, but now with Joe on board, things are shaping up to be a true force to be reckoned with and one can only await the release of their debut album with bated breath and sweaty little heavy metal hands."
Added RAVEN LORD singer and founder Csaba Zvekan: "Knowing that Joe Stump is in the band means a great deal to me as now RAVEN LORD has a strong foundation for the future as well as for touring and for future recordings. Joe's playing is stunning and with him in our ranks we step up to another level. They don't call him the 'shredlord' for nothing."
Stated Stump: "I was recently approached by Csaba Zvekan and the RAVEN LORD guys about the possibility of joining the ranks. Needless to say, after hearing Csaba's voice, as well as the the sound of the band, I was sold. I've been at this a very long time and I know quality metal when I hear it. Looking forward to working with the fellas and, of course, bringing some serious over the top shredding and fierce metal riffage to RAVEN LORD."
RAVEN LORD recently tapped Fredrik Nordström of Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden to mix their album. Nordström is a well-known producer and sound engineer who has previously worked with such acts as AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY, NIGHTRAGE, IN FLAMES, DREAM EVIL and OPETH. The CD mixdown will take place the last week of August.
* Joe Stump (HOLYHELL, REIGN OF TERROR) - Lead Guitar
* Jamie Mallender (TONY MARTIN) - Bass
* Lawrence "Larry" Paterson (BLAZE BALEY, STUKA SQUADRON) - Drums
* George Karafotis (VERMILLION DAYS, OPERATION X) - Guitar
* [to be announced] – Keyboards
KSSU Loud Rock director Daniel Cordova recently conducted an interview with guitarist Greg Mackintosh of British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST. You can now stream the chat using the SoundCloud player below. A couple of excerpts follow.
KSSU Loud Rock: "Tragic Idol" is the 13th album by the band. Does it feel like it's been 13 albums or 24 years?
Greg: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Depends on how tired you are, I guess, but I guess overall things go faster and faster as time moves on. For some things, it just seems like, it can seem like yesterday that you saw someone. Like, for instance, we did a festival the other week and a German death metal band called MORGOTH was playing. . . And, I haven't seen them since their supporters in our hometown in 1989, and it's like we haven't seen each other. We just talked about the same stuff again. "Oh, you remember this? You remember that?"
KSSU Loud Rock: Have you guys had any desire to go back to the kind of synthy era? "Host", or "One Second" or anything like that?
Greg: Not of late. Not, in the last few years. We did a few years of kind of experimenting in that side of things and that's why these days that we can do, sort of, the more doom approach, the doom metal approach with any kind of conviction, because we kind of got all the stuff out of our system. I think if we had carried out with the doom thing the whole time, it had just been going like a coloring box, you know, just like, music by numbers. Some bands kind of get off on that, but we're not one of them. It gets too boring. You got to — you may as well work on a production line that's just churning out the same stuff over and over.
KSSU Loud Rock: Why do you think sticking with 80% of your lineup since 1988 has been so successful? Looking over a lineup, it's just, you know, been drummer switching out.
Greg: Well, I mean if, if [Matthew Archer], our original drummer — if his drumming had been more consistent. He had to go because we were playing big festivals, headlining big festivals, and the nerves start to get to him in front of these huge crowds. If he would have handled that, and his drumming had been more consistent, he'd still be in the band. It would have been 100% lineup, but certain things happen. I think the rest of us just stuck together because we're friends, before the band, and it was just kind of a hobby. And we still kind of treat it that way. Even though it's been a career for twenty-odd years, we still treat it like it's our hobby and we just have fun with it, because the whole point of doing this is fun.
KSSU Loud Rock: What are your thoughts on, like, your album, in full, right now, can be listened to on YouTube. Easy. And everything you've put out. Are you afraid of that because of your paycheck or are kind of into the idea that anyone can get your music, spreading your art.
Greg: I think there's pluses and minuses to it all, really. Personally, I preferred it when there was more mystery that surrounded the whole thing. Where you didn't know what your favorite band had for lunch or something. I used to look at album covers, you know, I'm and old-ish guy, but I used to look at album covers and wonder what these people are like. There was something kind of good about not knowing. Same with the music. You have to wait for an album on order, and you didn't know what it was going to be like. You had no idea, and you had to wait a couple weeks for it to come to you. Then you get it in the post and you're like, "Whoa!" looking through all the artwork and stuff. I miss all that. That's all been lost. That's why vinyl's coming back a little bit. It's a collectable and a CDs not really a collectable. So you get your people who will download your stuff off the digital downloads and that, who don't really care about packaging, who just want a track from this band and a track from that band. And then you have your collectors and people who like physical products and like to have the whole thing. Because artwork and stuff like that has always been very important to me. When I was growing up, all the albums I liked, they thought about the whole thing and how it was all put together with the music, and I still kind of aspire to that.
CIVILIZATION ONE, the band led by singer Chitral "Chity" Somapala (RED CIRCUIT, ex-FIREWIND, POWER QUEST, FARO, AVALON) and bassist Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (MALADAPTIVE, ex-HEAVENLY), will release its second album in November via Limb Music.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Aazis
02. Calling The Gods
03. Land In Flames
04. Arch Angel
05. Evil Eye
06. Hell Awaiting
07. True Believer
08. Reunite
09. The Supernatural Virtue
10. New World
A video for the song "The Land In Flames", which features a guest solo by Sascha Gerstner (HELLOWEEN), will be released to coincide with the CD's arrival.
CIVILIZATION ONE released its first album, "Revolution Rising", in 2007 on Metal Heaven in Europe and Spiritual Beast in Japan.
In 2008, CIVILIZATION ONE made a huge impact in Somapala's home country of Sri Lanka as it was the first international metal act to ever play there, performing in front of 4,000 people.
According to PostStar.com, a small town in upstate New York is planning to file a lawsuit tomorrow (Thursday, September 20) seeking an injunction to prevent a planned heavy metal music festival from going ahead this weekend.
The event, dubbed RedNeck Hellfest III, was originally scheduled to be held at West Mountain Ski Center in Queensbury, New York, but has since been moved to McGinny's Tavern in Glens Falls, Albany-area concert promoters Upstate Metal Mafia wrote on their Facebook page.
"We did receive something in writing from the attorney for [Ski Center owner Mike] Barbone indicating that the event that had been advertised for this weekend has been canceled," Cathi Radner, a lawyer for Queensbury, told PostStar.com.
"We are still going to go forward and seek an order from the court to make sure that it does not become uncanceled."
The town is seeking the injunction because West Mountain did not obtain a special-use permit to conduct the festival.
A new KREATOR song entitled "Wolfchild" is featured on the "Dark Symphonies - A Tribute To John Sinclair" album, due in Germany on September 28 via Lübbe-Audio.
A popular German horror detective fiction series, John Sinclair is a Scotland Yard chief inspector, battling all kinds of undead and demonic creatures.
"Dark Symphonies - A Tribute John Sinclair" features 20 songs, a musical tribute by bands and fans who have dedicated their music to the famous ghosthunter — and as a bonus, the brand new drama "Anxiety About London", featuring guest appearances by many of the musicians involved.
For more information, go to this location.
Norwegian kings of symphonic black metal DIMMU BORGIR will be featured on German TV as part of the German comedy science show "Es Geht Um Mein Leben".
DIMMU BORGIR was interviewed for the first episode in which the production team visited the infamous Wacken Open Air.
The episode will be broadcast on September 22 at 8.15 p.m. CET on EinsPlus.
DIMMU BORGIR was joined by an orchestra and a choir for an appearance at this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which was held August 2-4, 2012 in Wacken, Germany. Professionally filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below (courtesy of the German TV channel ZDF Kultur). The 20-minute clip also includes an interview with the band's guitarist, Silenoz (real name: Sven Atle Kopperud).
DIMMU BORGIR's current touring lineup includes Geir Bratland (APOPTYGMA BERZERK, THE KOVENANT) on keyboards and Terje Andersen (a.k.a. Cyrus; SUSPERIA) on bass.
DIMMU BORGIR performed one very exclusive show on May 28, 2011 at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway with a special, never-to-be-repeated setlist with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum choir, who were musical guests on the band's ninth studio album, "Abrahadabra".
The concert, dubbed "Forces Of The Northern Night", was professionally filmed and was broadcast as part of a one-hour documentary in June 2011 on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company and the largest media organization in Norway.
"Abrahadabra", the ninth album from DIMMU BORGIR, 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.
"Epidemia", the sixth full-length album from New Jersey/New York's ILL NIÑO, is scheduled for release on October 22 via Victory Records. The recording sessions for the CD took place in Hoboken, New Jersey; Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado.
For nearly fifteen years, ILL NIÑO has gained a loyal and dedicated fan base while creating its own unique style of Latin-influenced, aggressive metal.
Utilizing bilingual vocals, Latin/tribal rhythms and powerful melodies, "Epidemia" is bound to spread worldwide.
"Epidemia" track listing:
01. The Depression
02. Only The Unloved
03. La Epidemia
04. Eva
05. Demi-God
06. Death Wants More
07. Escape
08. Time Won't Save You
09. Forgive Me Father...
10. Invisible People
An audio sample of "The Depression" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
ILL NIÑO will join EMMURE and STATIC-X on the "Noise Revolution" tour beginning September 19 in Billings, Montana. The tour will hit over twenty-one cities throughout the U.S. before wrapping up in Lubbock, Texas on October 17.
The "Epidemia" cover artwork can be seen below.
ILL NIÑO drummer Dave Chavarri previously stated about the upcoming album: "This time around, we want to explore Latin and tribal rhythms we have never explored in the past five releases, giving us no musical boundaries at all."
ILL NIÑO's fifth LP, "Dead New World", sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 164 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous effort, "Enigma", opened with 5,000 units to land at No. 145 back in March 2008.
"Dead New World" was released on October 26, 2010 via Victory Records.
David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL) and Fernando Ribeiro (MOONSPELL) will guest on the new album from CHAOSTAR, the band led by SEPTICFLESH guitarist Christos Antoniou (pictured below).
Commented Christos : "David narrates the prologue of the most vicious song on the album, shading his dark and imposing shadow over the band's music. I consider that cooperation as one of the most representative of CHAOSTAR's new work. A tragic heroine taken from the ancient Greek tragedies meets the devilish power of the unsurpassable voice of Mr. Vincent."
With regards to Ribeiro's involvement with the CD, Antoniou said, "His deep gothic voice will give a completely powerful atmosphere to a duet."
After the independent release of their first record, "The Underworld" (2000), CHAOSTAR signed a deal with the French label Holy Records, which issued the "Chaostar" (2000), "Threnody" (2001) and "The Scarlet Queen" (2004) albums, as well as the compilation "Underworld" (2007).
When SEPTTICFLESH returned from a self-imposed creative break with their highly successful album "Communion" (2008) on Season Of Mist, Christos also revived CHAOSTAR and placed his trust in the same label.
"After six years of silence, I am very pleased to continue my experimental side with Season Of Mist," commented Christos."I know how they work and they understand what CHAOSTAR is about."
He added, "I am thinking about writing an 'opera' based concept on Euripides' drama masterpiece 'Medea'. I will definitely not follow the previous atmosphere, which was rather based on 'classical' music. A combination of extreme metal sounds and modern textures will play a dominant role in my forthcoming sound."
Finnish technical death metallers DE LIRIUM'S ORDER (DLO) have parted ways with guitarist Mika Sundvall and drummer Ukri Suvilehto.
Commented the remaining members of the band: "The previous and ongoing year with DE LIRIUM'S ORDER has been very time-consuming for all band members. The production of 'Veniversum' and the live shows that followed the release have required considerable personal investments from the band members. Mika and Ukri have now decided to concentrate on something else. We will miss you and the great time spent together in the studio and on the road!
"Do you think that you would fit into the ranks of DE LIRIUM'S ORDER as guitarist or drummer? Drop us a private note at our Facebook page or our email info@deliriumsorder.net."
DE LIRIUM'S ORDER's "Autistic Savant" video can be seen below. The clip, which was directed by Heikki Oinonen (MEDEIA), was filmed in freezing conditions — minus 30 degrees Celsius — in an abandoned factory in Joensuu, Finland.
According to a press release, "Autistic Savant" "concentrates on autistic savants, some of whom possess extraordinary capabilities such as prodigious memory or superior musical ability. The savant syndrome is largely a mystery despite of the extensive amount of research that has been conducted on the subject.
"A special notion on the video is that the band's drummer, Ukri 'Uge' Suvilehto, who has achieved close to one million YouTube hits with his acclaimed drum videos, was playing with high fever, making the difference in temperature between him and the surrounding environment close to 70 degrees! The video also includes scenes shot underwater."
"Autistic Savant" comes off DE LIRIUM'S ORDER's third album, "Veniversum", which was released on March 23 via DLO Productions, distributed by Inverse Records.
According to a press release, "Veniversum" is "not to be taken lightly — its compelling sounds, myriad instruments, and incredible solos combined with unprecedented musical madness leaves you puzzled and wanting more.. will you survive this blasting inferno?"
"Veniversum" track listing:
01. Autistic Savant
02. .44
03. Maximum Sentence
04. Seppuku
05. The Gravity of Crime
06. Schizophrenic
07. My Kingdom from Baekdu
08. The Aftermath
Austrian blackened metallers BELPHEGOR have cancelled their appearance on Barge To Hell, the world's most extreme metal cruise, which will sail Monday, December 3, 2012 from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7.
Comments BELPHEGOR leader Helmuth: "I wanna hold to the March 2013 album release date and unfortunately studio terms collide with the cruise. Because of my health issues, we had to delay a lot of things during the last 12 months: tours, studio sessions, recording and so forth. We put extra creativity, extra magick — full concentration and energy into the new album to get the best result possible of our art. I hope you all understand this difficult decision for the band, to cancel and pass on this great experience. We really wish and hope that we can be a part of it in one of the next year's editions. In hell we burn!!!"
BELPHEGOR entered Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE) to begin laying down its as-yet-untitled new CD for a March 2013 release via Nuclear Blast Records.
Rutan previously stated about the upcoming CD: "I am very excited to be recording and mixing the new BELPHEGOR album at Mana. After many discussions with Helmuth and hearing some clips of new material, I know that the band is very focused and determined on making a harmoniously evil extreme masterpiece. We shall make one beast of an album that the fans have come to expect from BELPHEGOR!"
BELPHEGOR's last album, "Blood Magick Necromance", was released in January 2011 in Europe and February 2011 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast Records.

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