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Deaflock is an old school thrash metal group formed in Nagoya in 2000, after the demo called simply "Deaflock" and the participation to a compilation "Earthquake A.G.M" the band publish "Reality Of False Pasts",the first album of the group which was showing the old school attitude.
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Ex-ACCEPT/BANGALORE CHOIR Singer DAVID REECE Discusses New Solo Album On 'Hard Rock Nights' (Audio)
American singer David Reece was recently interviewed on the "Hard Rock Nights" syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Reece, though brought up on a diet of Conway Twitty and Tammy Wynette, has been sharing his bluesy rock voice with the world since the late 1980s. His most notable early releases were ACCEPT's 1989 album "Eat The Heat" and BANGALORE CHOIR's 1992 classic "On Target", closely followed by LPs with SIRCLE OF SILENCE and STREAM. Disillusioned with a floundering rock scene, David took a hiatus from music in the mid 1990s to follow other pursuits and dreams. Returning in 2008 with the critically acclaimed GYPSY ROSE album "Another World", David's debut solo album "Universal Language" surfaced in 2009. The culmination of many years writing and performing, the album featured musicians including Andy Susemihl (U.D.O.), and fine songs such as the bombastic "Rescue Me", the huge "We Were Alive", the soaring ballad "Queen Of My Dreams" and the distinctly leftfield "Yellow"; a definite song for fans of COLONEL MUSTARD. The album "Cadence" in 2010 saw the first brand new BANGALORE CHOIR material in 18 years. 2011 marked David's return to working with GYPSY ROSE founder Martin Kronlund, this time under the moniker REECE KRONLUND releasing an album simply called "Solid". The album also marked David's first ventures with lyricist Jon Wilde, who has since co-written on the third BANGALORE CHOIR album, "Metaphor", released in 2012 and now on this; David's second solo album, "Compromise" — an apt title given the amount of compromise we all face in our lives, be it working in the music industry or going about our daily grind. With vocals recorded at KMan studios in Blaine, Minnesota and produced by Kelly Peterson, the album features a big name cast including bassist Ronnie Parkes (SEVEN WITCHES), guitarist Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES, SAVATAGE, METALIUM), keyboardist Paul Morris (RAINBOW, DORO, JURGEN BLACKMORE), and special guests Christian Tolle and Andy Susemihl. The mix was handled by Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT) and Martin Kronlund, with Martin also performing full mastering duties. The result is a peach of an album with a wide range of songs from sublime ballads "Someone Beautiful" (with music by renowned writers Tom and James Martin) to metal masterpieces "End Of It All", stomping rockers "Where My Heart Belongs" and more. David, with influences as diverse as Ian Gillan, Paul Rodgers and Chris Cornell, loves tackling a variety of styles and one listen will tell you he has the voice to pull it off. And with musicians the calibre of those here, and lyrics boasting a darn sight more intelligence than your standard clichéd rock fair, he has the firepower to back him up all the way into classic album territory. "Compromise" recording lineup: Vocals: David Reece Bass: Ronnie Parkes Guitar: Jack Frost, Kelly Peterson Keyboards: Paul Morris Guests on guitars: Andy Susemihl and Christian Tolle "Compromise" track listing: 01. Disaster 02. End Of It All 03. Fortunate Son 04. Someone Beautiful 05. Along For The Ride 06. Coast To Coast 07. All Roads Lead To War 08. Where My Heart Belongs 09. Everything To Everyone 10. Evil Never Dies 11. Treasure Hunter Interview (audio):
CANDLEMASS' LEIF EDLING Says Singer ROBERT LOWE Was 'Not Easy To Deal' With
David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with AVATARIUM/CANDLEMASS mainman Leif Edling. A few excerpts from the chat follow below. DeadRhetoric.com: Next to KRUX, the last new band you launched was ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA, which was 20 years ago. For you, what are the differences in launching one today, versus back then? Edling: [pauses] That's a good question. [laughs] DeadRhetoric.com: If you think about when you launched ABSTRAKT, it was hard because you had all of this success with CANDLEMASS and people wanted one thing from you. So now because of time, it might be a bit different. Edling: The thing is I can think about is what you're aiming at is that it's a little harder getting a record deal today, and to get signed by a bigger label. It's a relief to be a signed by a label if you don't expect anything, if you're okay with 2,000 euros or 3,000 euros…maybe $5,000. Something like that, and then they expect you to make an album and it's really hard to make an album. And somebody is expecting to make money from [it]. But I understand it because of the downloading. It's not easy to get a record deal and I felt it when we talked to some labels and what they offered you. At the same time, you understand them. But you need money to record a decent album. I'm going to use old-school studios. I'm going to do it the old-fashioned way with real drums and a real studio, but it's not easy when you're offered $5,000 and it has to be enough to record and mix the album. I can't really work like that, but I'm not making excuses. I want the album to sound good and then you have to have a real mix. I want the drums to sound good, but you have to record those in the studio. There's no way around it. The album will cost $10 - 15,000 dollars. That's just how it is. [laughs] I'm not making any money out of that. [laughs] Back in the day, it wasn't difficult to get $20,000 to record. DeadRhetoric.com: The [CANDLEMASS] singer switch last year took some people by surprise, including me. However, I saw you in Cleveland in 2008 and I remember Robert [Lowe] reading the lyrics from a notebook while on stage and it bothered me. Was it a long time coming to make a change? Edling: I would say that. Robert was not easy to deal [with] and he could have learned the lyrics. DeadRhetoric.com: He was reading some of the classics. I think the crowd knew them better than he did. Edling: Yeah, yeah, I know. I would say that after every gig. Still, he has an amazing voice. He's one of the best singers in the world at that. He has a gift from God, but working with Mats [Levén] now — he's a true professional. He can sing every CANDLEMASS song inside out and he can do it as good, if not better than Robert or Messiah [Marcolin], or whoever. These gigs we've done lately have been fucking tremendous. I can't praise Mats enough. Maybe we should have approached him earlier. [laughs] DeadRhetoric.com: I have to ask: You're playing "Ancient Dreams" in full now, but it's no secret it's not one of your favorite CANDLEMASS albums. Revisiting that album after 25 years, has it given you a different perspective? Edling: A little bit. Now when we remastered the album and it sounds a bit better now, I'm more at peace with the album. There were too many problems going on at the time, so you don't have this great sound. We haven't played those songs so much live. We played a lot of songs live with CANDLEMASS over the past few years, but we haven't done too many off "Ancient Dreams". It feels like a fresh area to go to, to play like "Battle Of Cain". We've never played "Incarnation Of Evil" live. When we played "Darkness In Paradise" in Stockholm, people were yelling… they've never heard it live. People loved it. I'm looking forward to it, but of course, we need to rehearse like idiots. [laughs] Read the entire interview at DeadRhetoric.com.
BLACK SABBATH: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Frankfurt Concert
Fan-filmed video footage of BLACK SABBATH's December 4 concert in Frankfurt, Germany can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. War Pigs 02. Into The Void 03. Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes 04. Snowblind 05. Age Of Reason 06. Black Sabbath 07. Behind The Wall Of Sleep 08. N.I.B. 09. End Of The Beginning 10. Fairies Wear Boots 11. Rat Salad 12. Tommy Clufetos Drum Solo 13. Iron Man 14. God Is Dead? 15. Dirty Women 16. Children Of The Grave Encore: 17. Paranoid According to The Pulse Of Radio, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi is not sure if making a follow-up to this year's reunion album, "13", would be a good idea for the group. Iommi said in Revolver magazine, "I don't know if that would be an anticlimax if we wrote another album. I'd like to, but we haven't actually spoken about it, you know? I don't know if that would be a good idea after this one, because this one's done so well. I'm sure we'd all like to do one. But I don't know. Maybe I should talk to the others about it." Bassist Geezer Butler added, "I really haven't thought about it. I'm just glad that we made this one. It can't be something where you go in and go, 'Well, that one was No. 1, so let's do another No. 1 album.' I think we'll know if we can do it or if we can't. If we have to force it, then we won't be doing it." "13", the first SABBATH album in 35 years to feature Iommi, Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne recording together, went No. 1 around the world, earning the band their first chart-topper ever in the U.S. Ozzy said about the prospects of making another record, "I don't want to say there's going to be another album, because I don't want you to ask me in another year, 'What happened when you said you were going to do another record?' I'll leave it open. I'm open for anything. I have three albums to deliver of my own solo thing to my record label." Ozzy added, "We'll all still be doing music. It's been a lot of fun doing it with BLACK SABBATH, and I'm not sorry at all for getting back together." The making of "13" was marked by several dramatic events, including drummer Bill Ward's withdrawal from the project over a contractual dispute and Iommi's cancer diagnosis. Butler told Revolver that he started writing a song for "13", called "Hanging By A Thread", that was inspired by Iommi's illness. He explained, "It was very much about dying, about giving your last breath and passing your spirit on." But the track didn't make it onto the album because, Butler said, "We never came up with the finished thing." BLACK SABBATH will return to North America in 2014 for 10 shows that will be among the last in support of "13".
GWAR: Video Footage Of San Francisco Concert
Capital Chaos has uploaded quality video footage of GWAR's October 20 concert at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California. Check it out below. GWAR's new album, "Battle Maximus", sold around 3,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 109 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD — the band's first full-length studio effort since the loss of their longtime guitar player Flattus Maximus — was issued on September 17 on Metal Blade Records. GWAR's previous CD, 2010's "Bloody Pit Of Horror", opened with around 2,800 units — roughly half of the first-week tally registered by 2009's "Lust In Space", which premiered with 5,000 copies to land at No. 96. "This album is both a tribute to Flattus and a telling of the next chapter in the story of GWAR," Oderus Urungus stated about "Battle Maximus". "The combo of the brand new album and show should satisfy even the most hardcore Flattus devotee with the fact that GWAR's slay-skills are as supreme as ever, and the band stands poised to embark on our most earth-shattering world tour yet. We have mourned, we have honored, and now it's time to fucking DEVASTATE in the name of Flattus and the supreme entity that is GWAR." GWAR's "Battle Maximus" features twelve brand new tracks that not only honor their departed ally, but tells the story of GWAR's latest struggle against what may be their greatest enemy yet... the insidious "Mr. Perfect", who has travelled through time itself to steal the power of GWAR — the power of immortality, and use this power to mutate the human race into his twisted vision of what the "perfect" human should be. Once again GWAR finds themselves as the only thing standing between the human race and the latest super-powered shithead bent on the destruction of GWAR and the enslavement of their worshippers.
AIRBOURNE's RYAN O'KEEFFE Speaks To Sweden's ACCESS: ROCK (Video)
On October 30, Anna Dave Bertram of Sweden's Access: Rock conducted an interview with drummer Ryan O'Keeffe of Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE at Tyrol, Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below. AIRBOURNE's "Back In The Game" video was filmed earlier this year on tour around the world. The song comes off AIRBOURNE's third album, "Black Dog Barking", which was released in May via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2010's "No Guts. No Glory." was helmed by award-winning producer Brian Howes. In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, AIRBOURNE said about the new CD: "With 'No Guts. No Glory.', we might've rushed a few things here and there because we had two world tours back-to-back up against each other. We recorded the music just in the middle of all that. We even had some shows between recording. This time, we spaced it out, and got our sound back to tape again. "Brian Howes loves the same kind of music that we do, like IRON MAIDEN, MOTÖRHEAD, JUDAS PRIEST and Elvis Presley. He always wanted to make a rock 'n' roll record, but he never got the chance to. When we recorded with him, that was our goal. It was very comfortable. We got to do this right." Regarding the "Black Dog Barking" album title, AIRBOURNE said: "When we started this band, the music scene had a lot of new stuff going on in the late Nineties and early Two-Thousands. METALLICA were still as big as they are. However, when we'd play shows, people would be like, 'What do you need all of those amps for?' We were like, 'What? This is rock 'n' roll.' They played this fucking indie shit or whatever-the-fuck it is. Our mindset was, 'Fuck you and your indie shit. We're going to play rock 'n' roll!' The venues started closing down because of noise pollution. We weren't going to let rock 'n' roll die though. That's what 'Black Dog Barking' is about. It's a call to arms. If you're with us, you're on our side. If you're not, then we're coming for you." AIRBOURNE is Joel O'Keeffe (vocals/lead guitar), Ryan O'Keeffe (drums), David Roads (guitar) and Justin Street (bass). Interview:
HATEBREED Talks To Australia's MUSIC FEEDS (Video)
On December 1, Music Feeds conducted an interview with guitarist Frank Novinec and vocalist Jamey Jasta of Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED in Sydney, Australia during this year's Vans Warped Tour Australia. HATEBREED bassist Chris Beattie sat out the band's fall North American headlining tour after sustaining an injury in an accident. His temporary replacement on the road was Matt Bachand of SHADOWS FALL. HATEBREED's latest album, "The Divinity Of Purpose", sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on January 29 in North America via Razor & Tie and on January 25 in Europe through Nuclear Blast. The CD was co-produced by HATEBREED, Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL) and Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), with Wilbur also handling mixing duties. The cover artwork was created and illustrated by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS, GWAR).
SCYTHIA: 'Bear Claw Tavern' Video Released
"Bear Claw Tavern", the new video from Canadian metallers SCYTHIA, can be seen below. The old world-themed clip, directed by fantasy movie director Richard Olak and filmed at the Storm Crow Tavern in the band's hometown of Vancouver, B.C., is an uproarious three-minute scorcher featuring the band rocking out in a medieval tavern filled with hooligans and mysterious characters. The video also features a dwarven troublemaker that gets himself into hot water when he decides to irritate a "wizened" old man. "Bear Claw Tavern" is the first single from SCYTHIA's upcoming melodic, power/folk fusion record, "…Of Conquest". The album, which also includes progressive and death metal influences, is engineered/produced by Lasse Lammert (ALESTORM, GLORYHAMMER, HALCYON WAY, SVARSOT) at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany, with co-production by Shaun Thingvold (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, FEAR FACTORY). The album is mixed by Nino Laurenne (ENSIFERUM, WINTERSUN, KIUAS, FIREWIND) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mastering credits go to Svante Forsback (RAMMSTEIN, FIREWIND, KORPIKLAANI, APOCALYPTICA) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland. "…Of Conquest" is set to arrive in early 2014. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Fanfare 1516 02. Merchant Of Sin 03. Bear Claw Tavern 04. Sailor's Accolade 05. Reflections 06. The Kraken 07. Into The Storm 08. Land Of Scythia 09. Wrath Of The Ancients 10. Army Of The Bear 11. Path Through The Labyrinth 12. Departure Formed in 2008, SCYTHIA's music is recognized throughout their home country for its rich, poetic storytelling and epic melodies. Because of this, and touring like a cavalry of nomads, they have taken the independent scene by storm as they gather more and more fans both domestically and internationally. SCYTHIA delivered its first album, "Of War", in 2010. SCYTHIA is: Dave Khan - Guitar, Main Vocals Terry Savage - Bass, Harsh Vocals Jeff Black - Keyboards, Back-Up Vocals Celine Derval - Drums, Back-Up Vocals
DREAM THEATER's MIKE MANGINI: 'I'm Just Blown Away By How Great Everybody Is To Me'
Howard Whitman of TechnologyTell.com recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Mangini of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. A couple of excerpts from the chat below. TechnologyTell.com: When you did the audition, which we all got to watch online and on the DVD that came with the "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" album, you seemed pretty confident. Did you have a good feeling about that? Mangini: I had the best possible feeling in the world about it. And I have rehearsed such situations, meaning that I have addressed what it is that happens in an audition, what the possibilities are in that audition, good and bad, and accounted for them on a piece of paper and literally used my imagination to try to get through every possible situation. And because of that, I felt confident that I was ready to deal with whatever occurred. TechnologyTell.com: How does it feel to watch it now in retrospect, since this is the close of this phase of DREAM THEATER as you go into the next phase with the new album and tour? Mangini: It was highly effective on me, and very emotional for me, because as much as I was trying to think about my ability to do justice to the drum parts, I couldn't help but be swept away by how kind everybody was to me with their words — I'm talking everybody in the band, the crew — and how patient they were with me, how truly experienced they all are with allowing me to go through my ups and downs and to grow. And I'm just blown away by how great everybody is to me. TechnologyTell.com: In approaching some of the songs from before you were in the band, are trying to bring your own flavor to it rather than just emulating what's been done before? Mangini: Yes. I've made a change where I have found a way to reflect the older drum parts but in a way where I can still, let's say, play them half-lefty and half-righty, which allows me to sort of change cymbal sounds when the band changes key signatures. It adds a nice effect to the key signature change. I also am matching some of the lines a little more spot-on than the album versions as far as which drums or cymbals I'm choosing to hit, meaning I like to match the frequencies of the riffs being played. And instead of a standard drum fill, I like to melodically play what is being played by everybody else. And with some of the open drum fill sections, I'm definitely going for it this time and just doing my own thing. TechnologyTell.com: It seems like the fans have really accepted you in the band and like the different things that you bring to it as well, rather than just trying to recreate what's been done before. Mangini: Right. To a point, if I play it too exact, that's a little creepy, you know what I mean? But I want to uphold the greatness of those drum parts. I want the fans to be happy that they're hearing what they're used to. And I also like to put a bit of a twist in it, so I can just feel a little bit self-expressive and also maybe even take it to a place that excites the band and the fan. Read the entire interview at TechnologyTell.com.
BLACK STAR RIDERS' DAMON JOHNSON Speaks To GetYourRockOut At HARD ROCK HELL VII (Video)
Felicity Hall of GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson at the Hard Rock Hell VII festival, which took place November 28-30 at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park in Pwllheli, North Wales. You can now watch the chat below. BLACK STAR RIDERS is the band formed by THIN LIZZY alumni Ricky Warwick (guitar, vocals), Damon Johnson (guitar), Scott Gorham (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso (ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, DAVID LEE ROTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) on drums. BLACK STAR RIDERS's debut album, "All Hell Breaks Loose", sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 5 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The "All Hell Breaks Loose" artwork features a painting by Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914 - February 29, 1980), the legendary U.S. painter best known for his work on pin-up girls, advertising and illustration. "All Hell Breaks Loose" was recorded and mixed by producer Kevin Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, RUSH) at his The Cave studios in Malibu, California. Mastering duties were handled by Bob Ludwig (JIMI HENDRIX, RUSH, KISS, LED ZEPPELIN) at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine. The album was released as a standard CD and also as a special-edition digipak featuring a bonus track, "Right To Be Wrong", and a "making-of" DVD. BLACK STAR RIDERS made its live debut on May 30 at The Marshall Theatre in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. The set featured a mix of music from "All Hell Breaks Loose" along with classic THIN LIZZY tracks.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES' ANDY BIERSACK Speaks To PitCam TV (Video)
PitCam TV recently conducted an interview with vocalist Andy Biersack of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES. You can now watch the chat below. In a recent interview with Artisan News, Biersack stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for BLACK VEIL BRIDES' follow-up to this year's "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones": "We've got nothing more than some concepts, and that's usually when we do our best stuff — when we don't get too 'heady' about it and we don't try to delve too deep into something before it's ready. We did that going into 'Wretched And Divine'. Beforehand, we had started writing on the road and we went in with a producer, and it just didn't click, 'cause that's not the way that… The dynamic of the band, artistically, has never worked that way. So this [time] we're gonna try to go into it where, like we did when we finally met with [producer] John Feldmann and we made the ['Wretched And Divine'] record — we just jumped into something with a concept and that's about it. So I think that that's when we work the best — kind of that pressure-cooker situation, in a way, where you know what you wanna do and you have to do it now. But it would be nice to be able to do that over an elongated period of time as opposed to doing it in two weeks and then trying to get the record out." He continued: "Once this cycle is over, we're not gonna be disappearing or [having] any kind of time off or anything, but I think we're not gonna be touring for a little bit — we're gonna be working on writing and then putting out a new album that is as good as it can be. "We're always reaching for the best BLACK VEIL BRIDES record, so hopefully this next one will be that. I don't think we've done it yet." "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones" sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 8 via Lava/Universal Republic, the CD was produced by by John Feldmann (PAPA ROACH, THE USED, ATREYU) and is a full-fledged concept effort. The cover artwork for the album was created by the band's longtime friend, artist Richard Villa.