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Synaptik "The Mechanisms of Consequence" Reissue Brain Spark edition remix

DeFox Records and Heart Of Steel Records are really excited to announce the Re-release, Remixed and Remastered version of debut album of prog metal band SYNAPTIK from England.
The album titled "The Mechanisms of Consequence" Reissue Brain Spark edition remix, contains 9 songs in vein of technical Progresive Metal, featuring Alan Tecchio ex Hades and Watchtower as special guest..
The digital release will be available on December 30th on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Tidal, Shazam...

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Ex-SLIPKNOT Drummer JOEY JORDISON On Overcoming Recent Health Issues: 'There's No Way I'm Not Going Back Out On Tour'

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 19:00

Drumtalk, the video podcast by German drummer and videographer Philipp Koch, conducted an interview with former SLIPKNOT and current VIMIC/SINSAENUM and drummer Joey Jordison. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what he loves most about drumming: Joey: "The simplest beats, on what rock music or any music has been formed on, can be the toughest beats to execute and perform, because it's really easy to not respect a simple 4/4 beat because people always want to play fast. Sometimes, a lot of drummers will try and rush into the technicality of, if it isn't fast, or I'm not faster than that guy, then I'm not a good drummer. My advice always is to start very simple and master your timing and master the most simple beats that you can and you just keep elevating from that. Trying to go right into playing fast is not necessarily the best way to go about it, because if you don't have your foundation locked in, it's hard to progress. It's very hard to go back. I know a lot of drummers that just went into speed and they have a very hard time locking into a really simple groove. It's really weird, so I'd say start from the ground up at the basics and move forward from there. That's the way I did it. It worked for me." On the current state of his health after overcoming the neurological condition acute transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord which damages nerve fibers, which ultimately led to Jordison losing the use of his legs: Joey: "With me, I would never lose my sight of music. Music is actually really what got me through a lot of it because there's no way this thing is going to beat me. There's no way I'm not going back out on tour. There's no way I'm not going to play drums; it's not going to happen. I'd ask the doctors and stuff like that: 'Will I be able to walk again and play and drums?' Honestly, the doctors would look at me and they wouldn't be able to tell me. And, from that moment, I knew that I was going to beat it and I wasn't going to let anything stop me." On the "eye-opening" experiences he's had throughout his career: Joey: "There's been a ton, it depends on 'eye-opening' to what. What's cool about making music is when you create a record, it comes from somewhere. When you're connecting with people you see eye to eye with and they're feeling the same thing you're feeling, or they're feeling the same thing you are, you can climb tons of musical mountains, man. The fact is, the best reward is when you get out there and you throw it out to a bunch of people, they catch onto it and they throw it back and they've been listening to it for a long time, and they come, especially all the way over here [Europe] and [you] get a crowd reaction sent back to you, through songs you wrote in your basement. That just shows you the power of music and how it can move people and move nations, even if it could. It's a real powerful thing." On his relationship to his audience: Joey: "There's always a connection. Like, take the barricade. If you're talking about festivals and stuff like that, we just got back from South America with MEGADETH and we were dealing with the same kind of thing. Those kids and fans, they were so insane. Man, it just felt they were literally on the stage with you. The barricade didn't matter; all the security didn't matter. It was absolutely stunning, those shows. The same things happen all over Europe. When we go to Japan, when we go to Australia, Canada, United States, everywhere we've played, all the fans, they react a little bit different, but it doesn't matter because they have their own culture. That's the best thing about touring. You get to go to all these beautiful places and meet so many different types of people and seeing how their culture reacts to your music and just music in general, it's a real special thing." Jordison was recently tapped as guest drummer for MINISTRY's North American tour. The tour kicks off March 22 at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California. VIMIC's debut album, "Open Your Omen", is expected to arrive at some point in 2018 and signals the biggest triumph of Jordison's illustrious career to date, coming into existence as he faced his life's most difficult challenge. The album was produced by Jordison and Kato Khandwala (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, THE PRETTY RECKLESS), with mixing and mastering assistance from MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine, who guests on the album's first single, "Fail Me (My Temple)". SINSAENUM's "Ashes" EP was released November 10 via earMUSIC. The effort contains three brand new and EP-exclusive songs.

JOACIM CANS Says HAMMERFALL Will Focus More On 'Legacy Of Kings' Album On Upcoming North American Tour

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 18:00

Diane Webb of YesterdazeNews conducted an interview with frontman Joacim Cans of veteran Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL during January's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether HAMMERFALL has started working on the follow-up to 2016's "Built To Last": Joacim: "Yes, there are some new songs in the making. But, due to the fact the previous U.S. tour was so good and successful, we decided to add another tour as the only headliner. We had to postpone everything. The next album was supposed to actually come later this year, but we added another U.S. tour and a couple of festivals and maybe a small European tour in the secondary market as we call it, later this year, so everything will happen in 2019 instead. But, there's no rush. We should be careful now. People are waiting for the album going: 'They're gone now. They're gone.' 'But, we've been around for 21 years, it's going to take a lot for us to be gone that fast.'" On whether he prefers playing large European festivals or small clubs: Joacim: "I prefer doing both. I mean, it's fantastic to do festivals over in Europe, and your own tours, you're playing some larger venues, even some arenas, but I also love going back to basics, like [recent show at San Diego venue] Brick By Brick. We came down there with no crew. We did everything ourselves. The whole tech part we did ourselves. We had a local sound guy and someone flashing the lights, but apart from that, come on, it doesn't matter. We're not so proud that 'No, we can't do that, it's below our dignity.' We're only in it to have fun. That's why we play music." On whether he feels as though other bands lose the "fun" element of performing live: Joacim: "They do. They do. If you lose it, well, some people don't realize that they lost it, but when you realize that you lost it, take a break. That's what we did after the 'Infected' album. We did a tour, everything felt wrong. We had management back then; we were always self-managed. We wondered if things could get better if we sign on a manager, and well, things got worse. We said, 'You know what, I'm pulling the plug now. I'm taking a break. See you guys in one year.' And that break became one and a half, nearly two years, but in the meantime, we also wrote new music, so that was the best thing that could ever happen because everyone was so eager to go back on tour when we met again." On what North American fans can expect on their forthcoming headlining trek which begins in May: Joacim: "First of all, we're going to change the setlist, for sure, because this is the 20th anniversary of the second album, 'Legacy Of Kings', so we're going to have a little more focus on that album. We're not going to play the full album, of course. Last year, we did a medley of some cool parts from 'Glory To The Brave', but now we're going to do more or less the same thing with 'Legacy Of Kings'. We're going to change some songs so the people who saw us on the previous tour will recognize a lot of the material, but there will be some surprises in there as well. HAMMERFALL on stage is always 100 percent energy because it doesn't matter if it's an arena or if it's like a small, shady club somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It doesn't matter because if there's one guy who paid money to see us, we're going to give him value for the money spent." On how their North American fanbase has developed over the years: Joacim: "I think that we have to see that on the next tour because on the previous tour, we toured with DELAIN. I think a lot of the people who showed up, they knew about HAMMERFALL, but they came for DELAIN. Of course, we had our die-hard fans, but now, let's see if it paid off because the tour we did in 2010 was not that successful in North America. I'm not really sure what was the problem, but, we kind of gave up. But then, we thought, let's give it a last try. The last try was so much fun; we enjoyed every second of it, so that's why we're coming back. Hopefully, the fact we're bringing FLOTSAM AND JETSAM on the tour, they will pull some people that will actually stay and check us out." HAMMERFALL's North American tour with FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will kick off May 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and criss-cross the continent before concluding on June 19 in San Antonio, Texas. "Built To Last" was released in November 2016 via Napalm Records. Drummer David Wallin left HAMMERFALL two years ago in order to focus on his family life. He has since been replaced by Johan Koleberg, formerly of THERION and LION'S SHARE.

TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN Says New Project AURI 'Opened All The Floodgates When It Comes To Writing Songs For NIGHTWISH'

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 18:00

Finland's Kaaos TV recently conducted an interview with the members of AURI, the project featuring NIGHTWISH mainman/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, his wife, popular Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela and NIGHTWISH multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the origins of AURI: Tuomas: "2011 was when the seed was planted, so to say. That's when Troy made the first song called 'Aphrodite Rising'. And, that's a whole different story, but already back then, we knew that at some point that the three of us, we needed to be doing music together because the way we think about music and life, everything, it's so connected. It's such a rare thing that we need to come together and see what kind of music we would be able to create between the three of us. But for many years, we had other duties to attend to, with Johanna's solo career, us with NIGHTWISH being really busy with the 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' album and tour, that we didn't have a chance to realize this dream called AURI until 2017. At some point in 2016, we realized, 'What are you doing next year? Do you have anything in your calendar?' 'Not really, nothing.' 'So, how about we try to do something?' It went a bit topsy-turvy because the first thing we did last March was to take the promotional shots, the photos of the band and of the landscapes for the album booklet. That kind of inspired and even forced us to continue recording the actual album." On the songwriting process for AURI's debut album: Troy: "It was quite unusual and extraordinary way to make an album, really. From the first seeds of the project — it's not a project, it's an entity — from the very beginning, because of the commitments we had to Johanna's solo work and me and Tuomas with NIGHTWISH, we just put everything in the freezer. We froze even the idea of it. But, it was still always there and it was still whispering to us and telling us, 'This has to happen.' In all that time, we did nothing towards AURI. Nothing. We just talked about it whenever we met up. We knew it was going to be some kind of experiment. We didn't know how it was going to solidify itself and become real. Once we did that, that strange, we did all the photographs for the album first before there was any album, it really got momentum and became really quite fast, the writing of the music. So we did it all in six months. We've got 11 songs on the record, but we did 10 of them in six months. It was the fastest we've ever worked, but we were just driven and inspired so deeply that the thing just wrote itself." On being able to write outside of the framework of NIGHTWISH: Tuomas: "It's equally relaxing with NIGHTWISH. I don't think about the response. I don't think about the fans — no, not anybody, really. You have to have the musical freedom, you have to have your peace and solitude when you're writing the songs and no distraction whatsoever. In that sense, NIGHTWISH and AURI, they grow from the same soil. Of course, there are huge differences in the dynamics of these bands because AURI is a novelty. It's a three-piece, just about to come up with the first album. NIGHTWISH is the ultimate behemoth that has been around for 22 years and it's a six-piece with a long history, so there is a difference. But, when it comes to the core of why both of these bands exist and why we do songs for them and with them, it's the same thing. There's no difference whatsoever." On whether AURI has inspired new NIGHTWISH material: Tuomas: "It changed a lot, if not everything. I've been very open about it that after 'Endless Forms', I felt like being in a vacuum. I just felt really empty. Not desperate, not unhappy, but just drained in a good way, so that okay, now we have done in our personal opinion, the best album so far, especially the last song on the album, 'The Greatest Show On Earth', was sort of the pinnacle for me as a songwriter. I think that was the reason why I felt the way I did, like I felt pretty empty, like, 'I'm not sure if there are any more stories for NIGHTWISH to tell.' That feeling lasted for about 18 months until we got the AURI album finished at the end of September last year. For some reason I can't explain, it opened all the floodgates when it comes to writing songs for NIGHTWISH. When I was listening to the final AURI album [mix], I just felt free again, completely free and happy and really inspired to do some new NIGHTWISH stuff as well. That's what I've been more or less doing 24/7 since October last year. These things seem to complement each other." AURI's self-titled debut will be released March 23 via Nuclear Blast. Nuclear Blast will celebrate NIGHTWISH's two-decade anniversary by releasing a two-CD compilation titled "Decades" on March 9. The band will embark on a nine-month-long "Decades: World Tour 2018" starting in March with 34 shows in North America, featuring a very special setlist, consisting of rarely heard material from the group's earlier era. AURI band photo by Tim Martindale

TESTAMENT's ERIC PETERSON On Metal's Decline In Popularity During The '90s: 'It Was Awesome. It Kind Of Weeded Out The Weak'

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 17:00

Sebastiano Mereu of From Hero To Zero recently conducted an interview with guitarist Eric Peterson of San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans TESTAMENT. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the differences of being a musician today versus when TESTAMENT got their start over 30 years ago: Eric: "When we started, our genre, thrash metal, maybe there was 10 thrash metal bands that were signed. Then maybe another 20 or 30 that were unsigned. Now, there's two thousand signed and two million unsigned, so, the genre has grown a lot, and, yeah, it's crazy. To think that my band is part of a blueprint of a certain type of genre of music, so it's kind of cool. I don't know… I'm very down to earth. I don't really trip on that. I don't feel like a rock star. I don't feel special in that sense other than I'm just a fan of what I do. I really like the craft. I'm very happy God's given me the creation to make this kind of music. That's how I feel." On the decline of metal's popularity in the 1990s: Eric: "It was awesome. It started becoming… thrash metal was all about poseurs and people that were fake. Thrash was more real. We always made fun of people that wanted to be in a rock band just for the sake of being in a rock band, getting girls or having long hair or whatever. It seemed like thrash metal started going toward that way. Even us, we started using hairspray and parting our hair on the side and doing some stupid shit. It kind of weeded out the weak and showed the bands that weren't real because they switched over and started wearing grunge clothes or switching over to the music that was called 'alternative.' Bands like SLAYER and TESTAMENT and EXODUS and a lot of thrash bands stood their ground, I think. They didn't really switch over. It was hard. Record sales went down for us, but it made the market a lot more [smaller], after we got out of that, we knew that it was going to be a certain period of time of music and we got out of it and I think we came back on top a little bit because we never lost that ground, I think." On the overall decline in record sales: Eric: "Back then, it was different because then, it was more real of losing record sales. Now, it's across the board. You got METALLICA who used to sell one hundred million records. They're selling a million now. For us, it's not really changed too much. We used to sell almost gold, maybe three, four hundred thousand in the States. Now, it's more like around one-hundred [thousand] or a little under. For us, it was a little bit [of change]. For a lot of bands that were up here, [it went down]. For them, it was probably, like, 'Wow. Crazy.'" On whether TESTAMENT has to tour more to bring in revenue: Eric: "Oh yeah, definitely. Since you're not selling a lot of records, it's gone down I would say half for a lot of bands, it's gone down two-thirds of your sales, so it leaves bands to tour more. But I think our kind of music is meant for touring, because it's not soothing, like you put on our music and you go, 'Ah! This is making me feel good.' It's more a live thing for TESTAMENT, just for the fans to be there and experience the energy. We love it. We love to tour." On the conceptual element to TESTAMENT's latest studio album, "Brotherhood Of The Snake": Eric: "We didn't say, 'Okay, 'Brotherhood Of The Snake', we're going to write about 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' to make all the songs about that.' A lot of the songs came into the theory of lyrics. Yeah, some of them co-existed with each other. I don't think TESTAMENT, other than 'The New Order', I don't think we've really written a record that's more conceptual, but I think maybe in the future we'll try to do something that would be cool, like [RUSH's] '2112' or something. I think we could do something like that, but it would be cool. That would be cool, especially with Steve [DiGiorgio, bass] and Gene [Hoglan, drums]. Those guys are awesome." "Brotherhood Of The Snake" was released in October 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The cover was once again created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, who also handled the art for TESTAMENT's previous album, 2012's "Dark Roots Of Earth", and worked with bands like HATEBREED, SOULFLY and KATAKLYSM in the past. TESTAMENT will join SLAYER on the North American leg of the Tom Araya-fronted band's "farewell tour." Also appearing on the bill is LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX and BEHEMOTH. The tour kicks off May 10 in San Diego, California.

DERRICK GREEN Says SEPULTURA 'Started To Develop A Little Bit More Of Their Own Personality' On 'Arise'

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 17:00

Daniel Dekay of Banger TV conducted an interview with SEPULTURA frontman Derrick Green aboard this year's installment of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which was held February 1-5. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his musical beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio: Derrick: "For me, music has always been a big part of my life. My mother was a music teacher and so I would hear music all the time growing up. In school, that's what really kicked off that possibly I could do something with my voice. I was forced to take a choir class and I was really bummed out about it, but my teacher was emphasizing how great my voice was for the fact it was baritone-bass. There's not many people who have that style of voice. This is something that I started to think about. It was great. It was a very positive thing to grow up, having music in my life, but it started at a very young age." On how he ended up joining local bands: Derrick: "I think going to shows was really the most influential thing. Some of the first shows I saw were BAD BRAINS and CRO-MAGS and it had a huge impact. Being 14, 15 years old and seeing so much energy onstage and with the audience and people moving, it was just something I had never seen before. Also, at the time, what had a big impact was CRO-MAGS just for the fact this band were vegetarians and they had reading material about being vegetarian so it really kicked it off for me to sample and experiment with this, and it stuck with me, this lifestyle of being a vegan, actually. On the role his family played in his musical career: Derrick: "They were extremely positive role models, but they were very supportive in everything that I pursued even they didn't understand everything about hardcore or punk rock. They were actually at a SEPULTURA show, the front row, they didn't realize there was going to be a pit there. The fans were just, like, 'Maybe you want to step back a bit.' They were just really happy to see so many people into the music, into what I was doing." On how he got involved in the New York hardcore scene: Derrick: "In Cleveland, I had this band OUTFACE for probably, about eight or nine years. I moved to New York with the guitarist, Charlie Garriga. But then, he started to play in another band called CIV, then I ended up doing my own thing, trying to make everything work. That's when I did this audition for SEPULTURA, but I worked in various jobs there, like still doing music, but at the same time, I was a door guy. I worked at a clothing store. I was a bodyguard, I did everything I could, but at the same time, still pursuing music." On his transition from hardcore to metal: Derrick: "I think hardcore and punk has always reigned supreme, but I think metal became more interesting when the lyrical content started to change with certain bands. I mean, there were certain bands who just always had an impact, as far as metal. SLAYER, CELTIC FROST, these are bands who I was just, like, 'Wow!' Even in the hardcore scene, I was like 'This is incredible.' With SEPULTURA, I thought it was great, for me, I got really into it on the 'Arise' album, they started to develop a little bit more of their own personality in the music you can hear, and the lyrical content was getting better and better." On who he could relate to most on a lyrical front considering heavy metal is largely dominated by white males: Derrick: "I was really into hip-hop at the same time I got into hardcore and punk rock, because they were kind of hand in hand. They weren't being played on the radio, they're completely rebellious. The lyrical content of a lot of hip-hop, like KRS-ONE, was always amazing to me and PUBLIC ENEMY. Their understanding of the language was amazing and they're masters at it. This for me, was genius. It really had such a strong impact. I definitely looked up to them and bands like BAD BRAINS, like I said, they blew my mind. They would go from reggae to hardcore, but do it very well and they were amazing musicians. That combination really had a strong impact on me." SEPULTURA's latest album, "Machine Messiah", was released in January 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The CD's cover artwork was created by Filipino artist Camille Della Rosa. SEPULTURA will embark on an extensive European headline tour in late February. German technical death metal masters OBSCURA are confirmed as direct support, followed by U.S.-based death/black metallers GOATWHORE and New Jersey's finest deathcore outfit FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY.

PAPA ROACH's JACOBY SHADDIX On Rock Musicians Battling Depression: 'There's A Loneliness At Times That Sets In'

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 03:00

Christina Rowatt of Australia's The Void recently conducted an interview with PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix. You can watch the chat below. Speaking about last year's suicide of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington, Jacoby said: "I knew Chester quite well. Back in the day, we [PAPA ROACH] were just starting to crack off the hinges and they [LINKIN PARK] were just about to break. And we actually took them on tour way back in the day and had a really good moment out there with those guys and became really close with them. We had a lot of fun. We did Ozzfest together with them. And then they just took to that next level and they just never stopped. "Chester and I have struggled with a lot of the same demons, a lot of the same issues, and I'm deeply saddened to know that it came to that for him in his life," he continued. "It's, like, God, it's just fucking terrible. But the reality is we can try to find these things that we feel fill the whole in our soul and a lot of us struggle in trying to find that and sometimes it just gets too dark. And that's how it got for him and, unfortunately, it came to that. It's incredibly sad. He left a lot of loving people behind. But through the story, it opened up a bigger dialogue. Chris Cornell [SOUNDGARDEN] too, man — you just think about these great dudes that a lot of people looked up to and you just see the power in their music and how it influenced and affected and lifted people out of these dark places. That's hardcore stuff." Shaddix went on to describe artists as "super-sensitive" and "super-high-emotional people" who generally undergo psychotherapy more often than non-musicians. "I sit here as a testament, as a man that has been to those dark places my own self, and I haven't taken those actions," Jacoby said, referring to Chester's decision to end his own life. "And just to say to people, there's hope. "What I would say that's the thing that I think gets a lot of us rock and rollers is there's a loneliness at times that sets in," Shaddix explained. "When you're out on the road and you're doing it for so long, and you don't know who really wants to just love you for you or for your status or whatnot, and so you're careful about who you let into your life, and then, all of a sudden, you find yourself isolated and alone and lonely, and that's a dangerous place for a lot of people to be." Bennington died in July at the age of 41. He had been open with the press and public about his struggles with depression, drugs and alcohol, which landed him in rehab twice around 2006. PAPA ROACH is continuing to tour in support of its ninth studio album, "Crooked Teeth", which was released last May via Eleven Seven Music.

ASESINO Feat. FEAR FACTORY Members: Video Of Fullerton Concert Available; Mexican Shows Announced

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 03:00

ASESINO, the death metal/grindcore project featuring FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares and FEAR FACTORY/ex-STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos (on bass/vocals), played a free show this past Tuesday, February 12 at Slidebar in Fullerton, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. ASESINO will return to Mexico this May, a little over half a year after canceling an appearance at the 2017 Knotfest México due to Cazares's broken leg. ASESINO will play the following shows: May 18 - Guadalajara - Foro Indepencia May 19 - Monterrey - Cafe Iguana May 20 - Mexico City - Carpas Astros ASESINO has spent the last few years sporadically working on material for its long-awaited third album. The band's second disc, "Cristo Satanico", came out in 2006.

Former MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Singer JARI TIURA: 'King Of Lions' Album Details Revealed

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 23:00

Former MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and current CENTURY LOST and STARGAZERY singer Jari Tiura will release his debut solo album on March 23. "King Of Lions" is a bit different from Jari's previous output, having more of an AOR feel to it but also with a genuine hard rock vibe. Tiura was born 1968 in Tampere, Finland. He began to sing around the age of 17 when he also formed his first real band CROMMER. Two years later, the group changed their name to BOURBON and started to play gigs in its hometown. A big change in Tiura's musical career happened in the end of the '90s when he joined SNAKEGOD, a Finnish power metal band. With SNAKEGOD, he released an album called "Invitation" in 2001. In 2004, Michael Schenker contacted Tiura and asked him if he would like to fly over to London for an audition gig. Everything went well and Jari even recorded most of his lead vocals for the MSG release "Tales Of Rock 'N' Roll" during his stay in London. The first MSG concert featuring Tiura on vocals took place in 2006. The show was broadcasted live from Underground, Cologne and aired on the program "Rockpalast" on German TV. Between 2006 and 2007, Jari toured with MSG in Europe, Asia and the USA, and played big festivals like Wacken Open Air and Sweden Rock, to name a few. After leaving MSG, the singer joined Finnish band STARGAZERY. With STARGAZERY, he so far has released two albums, "Eye On The Sky" (2011) and "Stars Aligned" (2015). He is also a member of a new group called CENTURY LOST which is currently working on a debut album, to be released in 2018. A few years ago, Tiura and his good friend and producer Sami Ala-lahti hooked up and started to write music together for his first solo album. "King Of Lions" is a release that, from the beginning, was meant to sound different from anything he had done in the past. Sami Ala-lahti handled the production and also played rhythm guitars, sang backing vocals and did some programming. "King Of Lions" features Yrjö Ella on lead guitar, Jaan Wessman on bass and drums. On keyboards you will find Jussi Kulomaa, Jani Kemppinen and Mikko Kangasjärvi. Tiura is the executive producer. "King Of Lions" was mixed by Antto Tuomainen and mastered by Esa Orjatsalo. "King Of Lions" track listing: 01. Away From All The Magic And Wonder 02. London 03. Friends And Foes 04. Human 05. Lion Of Judah 06. Dreamchaser 07. Silent Moon 08. Take On The World 09. Blue Sky Lightning Lyric videos for the songs "Dreamchaser" and "London" can be seen below.

STEEL PANTHER Frontman: 'People Who Buy Tickets To Our Shows Know What To Expect'

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 22:00

STEEL PANTHER singer Michael Starr was interviewed by Ornella Carlone of Comebackstage prior to the band's February 8 concert in Stuttgart, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if he has any concerns that the #MeToo movement might make it more difficult for STEEL PANTHER to continue performing songs that ooze with misogyny and sexism, and inviting girls up on stage to flash their breasts, Michael said: "People who buy tickets to our shows know what to expect. And people that maybe come for the first time, if they don't like it, they just leave. And that's just the way it is. If you go see a comic, or even a magician, sometimes they have girls on stage. And comics make fun of having sex with girls and fucking them and all that kind of thing. There's a fine line between getting a massage and making a girl suck your dick than just saying hi to them. We're asking: 'Hey, will you please show your boobs? You don't have to.' Here's an example: [addressing Ornella directly] Hey, will you show your boobs?" After Ornella said "nope," Starr continued: "Boom! See how easy that was? Everybody's happy." STEEL PANTHER is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Lower The Bar", which was released in March 2017 via Kobalt Music Recordings. The disc was co-produced with regular collaborator Jay Ruston, and includes eleven songs recorded at studios in North Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, California, with an additional two tracks on a Best Buy deluxe edition.

GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist DIZZY REED On Playing Stadiums: 'You've Got To Kick Ass, Or It's Going To Be Embarrassing As Hell'

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 21:00

Longtime GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed was recently interviewed by Australia's Wall Of Sound. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On whether it's difficult to go from playing stadiums with GN'R to club shows as a solo artist: Dizzy: "I think it's just part of the whole experience. I think it's good to play to intimate crowds. To get ready for that, I just did a tour of, like, 18 shows in a row with my other band, HOOKERS & BLOW, in the States. We took a bus and did clubs all the way across America. I like to get back to that. It's not intimidating at all. I enjoy it. I like being able to talk to the crowd, being able to ask them to put their cell phones down for a minute. [Laughs] I enjoy it." On his new solo album, "Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy": Dizzy: "You have to stick to your guns, and do what's true to yourself and how you feel. You can't give in. There were a lot of obstacles and barriers that I had to overcome. A lot of it was schedule. GUNS N' ROSES is my priority – I'm always going to do that — and with HOOKERS & BLOW, there was a sudden demand for us. It's a business, so you have to do what's right for you in that respect. There were times, I think with this record, where I kind of just wanted to give up, but I didn't, and I persevered. That's part of the whole... it's amazing that it's called 'Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy', because it wasn't easy to make this record and put it out. I'm proud of the fact that we were able to pull it off, and be able to bring in all these different musicians to play on it and make it sound like a record. We did it old-school — it was all done in the studio; everything was recorded in a live sort of situation. It's something I've always wanted to do, and we did it. It was always in the back of my mind, and it really sort of dragged me down for a long time. There were financial issues, and there were scheduling issues, and then trying to find the right guy to mix it. We shopped it to a few labels, and right away, we got the feedback that they weren't interested, which was kind of weird. They didn't know how to market it, and I was like, 'What about GUNS N' ROSES?' I don't know. Just a suggestion. [Laughs] When we met Mark [Alexander-Erber] at Golden Robot [Records], he had the right ideas for it. He looked at it as a new record, not as something that was sort of connected to a fallback, nostalgia thing. It was a new thing, and that was important." On the origins of the album's song "Fragile Water": Dizzy: "Most of the tracks I wrote on guitar, and that's one of the few I actually wrote on piano. It's actually a remake — there's another version of that song called 'The Air', and it was on a movie soundtrack called 'The Still Life', and Adrian [Young] from NO DOUBT came in and played drums to it after we had recorded it. He said, 'If you ever record this song again for real, I want to play drums on it.' So we called him up, and he had a game of golf, but he showed up and nailed it and went and shot his round. We ended up changing the lyrics a little bit and re-titling it 'Fragile Water'." On whether he still feels any pressure playing with GN'R: Dizzy: "I think you just get used to it. I've chosen to do this for a living, and that's part of it. I don't think it's any more pressure than having to get those papers to your boss on Friday, or get your story done by a deadline, because I've worked other jobs before, too. I kind of thrive on it, really. I think when my back's against the wall, I'm going to do a better job. Being in front of all those people, you've got no choice — you've got to kick ass, or it's going to be embarrassing as hell. I try my best." On GN'R's other keyboardist, Melissa Reese: Dizzy: "She's just got a phenomenal voice. She's a great singer, and she's got classical training on keyboards and piano. Having her on the other side of the stage, knowing that it's making us sound better, is just a pleasure. It really is. She gets along with everybody great, and when you're on tour with somebody, we're all in the same bus. You're around each other all the time, backstage, onstage, on the bus, so you have to have the right personality and the right attitude to fit in, and to know how to deal with that. It's not an easy thing. People who can't do that, they don't last long in the business. That's a big thing, and she does. She's incredible — she's fun to be around, and just so talented. She just adds to the overall scheme of everything, and she's got a modern take on things too, which is fantastic. I think she fits right in, and it's a pleasure to perform with her each night on stage." On his 27-plus years with GN'R: Dizzy: "I think the most rewarding thing is, Axl gave me an opportunity early on, and he didn't have to do that. My dedication is to him and to that band. I'm lucky to be able to squeeze this kind of [solo] thing in here and there. That within itself is a reward, of just being able to be a part of it and perform with them and get the recognition from the fans, and to be able to use it as a vehicle to have met other great musicians and done other things, like this, HOOKERS & BLOW and THE DEAD DAISIES. It's been fantastic — it really has." "Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy" was released February 16 by Golden Robot Records. Reed is the longest-serving member of GN'R after singer Axl Rose. He joined the band as a touring member in 1990, during the "Use Your Illusion" era, and has played with most of the original members as well as in all the later editions of the group and the current reunion lineup. In 2012, Dizzy was inducted into the the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of GUNS N' ROSES.