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DEFOX RECORDS & INVINCIBLE RECORDS are proud to announce the record deal with the japanese Thrash Metal band called DEAFLOCK.
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.
Now the band presents new album titled "Courage to expose all" that contains 9 songs in vein of furious Thrash'n'Death sound, fast and
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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's JASON HOOK Interviewed By UNITED ROCK NATIONS (Video)
Carmziofa of United Rock Nations conducted an interview with guitarist Jason Hook of Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH on November 20 in Paris, France. You can now watch the chat below. The second volume of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's two-record set, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell", sold 77,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The first volume, which came out in July, also debuted in the same position, although it sold a more substantial 113,000 copies. Now that they've got a double-record set under their belts, The Pulse Of Radio asked FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody what other goals the band would like to achieve in the future. "We've always said that the sky's the limit," he said. "You know, we've talked about doing everything from a movie, like a concept film, to, you know, toys, I mean lunchboxes, which we just came out with — we've just talked about how to make the band bigger, better. You know, I mean we always really got off on the cool stuff growing up and I think a lot of bands kind of lose sight of that. So we've talked about just trying to do something that we think would be fun or special for our fan base." The first single from "Volume 2" is "Battle Born", while the set also features a cover of the folk standard "House Of The Rising Sun", made popular by THE ANIMALS in 1964. "Volume 1" has sold more than 303,000 copies to date. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's three previous albums have all gone gold for sales of 500,000 copies or more. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will next appear on the five-day Shiprocked cruise, scheduled to depart from Miami, Florida on January 26, 2014. The band may also launch a second edition of its Trespass America festival tour, which premiered two years ago, sometime in 2014.
IN THIS MOMENT's CHRIS HOWORTH Speaks To AltRockLive.com (Audio)
In early November, AltRockLive.com conducted an interview with guitarist Chris Howorth of Southern California female-fronted metallers IN THIS MOMENT. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. IN THIS MOMENT will kick off 2014 by launching the "Hellpop Tour II" across North America with support from BUTCHER BABIES, DEVOUR THE DAY and ALL HAIL THE YETI. The 16-city trek will start January 2 in Portland, Oregon at the Wonder Ballroom and conclude on January 25 in South Florida, where the band will then embark on the ShipRocked cruise. IN THIS MOMENT has just finished headlining the first leg of their "Hellpop Tour", which kicked off October 24 in Tempe, Arizona and ran through November 27 in Los Angeles, California. IN THIS MOMENT's fourth album, "Blood", debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard album chart and has sold more than 195,000 copies in the United States since coming out in August 2012. IN THIS MOMENT professionally filmed its May 21 concert in Madison, Wisconsin for the group's first-ever live DVD. IN THIS MOMENT has partnered up with longtime supporter, radio station WJJO, as part of their Mayday Maylay concert series. The band had a bunch of surprises in store for this show, including rarely played songs from their catalog and an all-new stage show created specifically for this concert. IN THIS MOMENT's DVD is being directed by Brad Golowin who is known for his work with MISS MAY I and 10 YEARS, to name a few.
NONPOINT Singer Speaks To 'Music And Mayhem With Jon Russell' (Video)
"Music And Mayhem With Jon Russell" recently conducted an interview with NONPOINT singer Elias Soriano. You can now watch the chat below. NONPOINT's self-titled album sold 7,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Miracle" (2010), opened with around 8,000 units to land at No. 60. "Nonpoint" was produced/mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (DISTURBED, STAIND, MEGADETH) and features additional production and mixing from Brian Virtue (30 SECONDS TO MARS, CHEVELLE). The CD contains 12 of the most raw and real songs of their 15-year career with unique, uncompromising, and undeniable hard rock on their self-titled ninth studio album and first for Razor & Tie. Weathering lineup changes, label shifts, and other trials and tribulations, founding members Elias Soriano (vocals) and Robb Rivera (drums) regrouped with fresh blood — Dave Lizzio (guitar), Adam Wolosyzn (bass), and Rasheed Thomas (guitar) — and captured pure fire this time around.
KVELERTAK Talks To FIGHT NETWORK (Video)
Fight Network's Fight + Music recently conducted an interview with Norwegian rockers KVELERTAK. You can now watch the chat below. KVELERTAK's sophomore album, "Meir", topped the official chart in Norway. The CD, which sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release, was issued on March 26 via Roadrunner Records. It was produced by CONVERGE's Kurt Ballou and features cover artwork by John Dyer Baizley. Asked how the band came up with the concept for the "Bruane Brenn" music video, vocalist Erlend Hjelvik told About.com Heavy Metal: "It was Vidar [Landa, guitar] and Marvin's [Nygaard, bass] idea. I guess we didn't have time to be in the video ourselves, so they came up with an idea of having a bunch of kids in the video. A friend of ours, who's a Norwegian movie director, Stian Kristiansen, then kind of developed the idea and made a small story out of it. It turned into a fun and great looking video that fits really well with the lyrics." Regarding the recording process for "Meir", Erlend said: "I thought it was even more fun than last time. Mostly because we've all gotten more confident and experienced from all the touring we've done on our first album. Also Kurt is an awesome guy to work with; he's professional and has a great ear for what things should sound like." KVELERTAK is Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitar), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitar), Maciek Ofstad (guitars), Marvin Nygaard (bass) and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums).
Former EXODUS Singer STEVE 'ZETRO' SOUZA: 'I Have Lived The Rock And Roll Star Life To Its Fullest'
Jason Saulnier of Music Legends recently conducted an interview with former EXODUS and current HATRIOT singer Steve "Zetro" Souza. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Music Legends: Would you say touring now is more relaxed and easier to do? Souza: I think there is a lot more support between the bands these days. We are all helping one another on tour, not trying to compete against each other. Back in the day, we tried to outperform the other bands on the bill, but these days I think we all work hard to make a show successful, and a tour successful, not just one band. I don't think touring is any easier, necessarily. It's still a grind. In many ways, it is harder because we don't have the budget that we had back in the day. There are no five-star hotels and we may have to travel by van instead of being in a fancy bus. The economy makes it where we have to get back to basics a little bit, but that is cool. It makes the band play harder. Nobody gets spoiled. Music Legends: What would be some of the craziest stuff you've seen on tour? Souza: You'll have to wait for the book to get all the details, but let's just say I have lived the rock and roll star life to its fullest and have seen just about everything on tour. The craziest would probably be one time in Florida we had to stop a show because the barricade broke and a security guard got crushed. His legs got broke and he was damn near paralyzed. They had to haul him out on a stretcher, and he was apologizing to us for interrupting our set. Music Legends: What were your earliest influences in life? Souza: My earliest influence is probably my dad. He was a tough biker guy and he forced me to toughen up at an early age. There was nothing weak about the guy. Through him, I also discovered all my early music influences, bands like UFO, BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, TED NUGENT, AC/DC, etc. He used to buy hard rock records for me when I was a little kid. That's how I got my first LED ZEPPELIN record, as well as many others. Music Legends: Could you describe what goes on in a day in your life as a musician on tour? Souza: It's a day-long grind. We are usually riding into town for the first part of the day. Afternoon is spent loading in gear and doing a soundcheck. The early evening will be spent doing some press interviews or maybe a fan meet-and-greet. After that, it is time to do the show. When the show is over and the crowd is gone, we still have work to do. We have to load the gear back up, get paid out by the promoter, and usually drive a couple hours to get closer to the next town. There's not a lot of sleep, and there's certainly not a lot of time for other activities. Read the entire interview at Music Legends.
OVERKILL's BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH Speaks To DEVIL DOG TV
On November 2, Devil Dog TV conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL in Montreal, Quebec, Canada during the "Legends Of Thrash Tour" with KREATOR. You can now watch the chat below. OVERKILL is putting the finishing touches on its new album for March 2014 release in North America via eOne Music and in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. Speaking to Steppin' Out magazine, Ellsworth stated about the upcoming CD: "The new record has a blend of what we've done over the past half decade. I'm noticing it's a more punchy heavy metal record with more dimension than the last record had. Where is it going to end up on the food chain? I really don't know. But my feeling is it's an eclectic collection of moments from us. 'The Electric Age' came across, to me, as kind of a two-dimensional thrash record. This one is punchy but has a whole different bunch of ways to go and things to hear on it." As previously reported, OVERKILL released a very special limited tour edition of its latest album, "The Electric Age", in Europe on April 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The limited 2CD tour edition includes the regular album as well as a four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia on September 25, 2010. "The Electric Age" sold 6,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 77 on The Billboard 200 chart.
MEGADETH's SHAWN DROVER: 'I Just Don't Think It's Good To Replicate Yourself'
Anthony Toto of Pop-Break.com recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Pop-Break: "Super Collider" was released earlier this year. After six months, you had a chance to sink your teeth into these songs and play the material live. For you personally, what was the experience like recording album? You guys worked with [producer] Johnny K. once again? Shawn Drover: The experience was really good for me recording the album. For me personally, a lot of the drum tracks that went into the record were recorded by our engineer, Cameron Webb, who I get along with very well, and we really have the same kind of vision as to what we want to do with drum sounds, sonically and performance-wise. Between Cameron, myself, and Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman] in the studio, I had a really great experience. It was real creative and a real blast. I can't say enough how great Cameron was for the record. Pop-Break: The sound of "Super Collider" seemed to continue in the direction of "TH1RT3EN" by moving away from the faster thrashy elements heard once again on "Endgame". The new songs are more mid-tempo and move towards a more radio friendly direction. What influenced the sound the album? Shawn Drover: If you listen to all of our records, not two of them sound the same. "Killing Is My Business" doesn't sound like "So Far So Good…So What". "Peace Sells" doesn't sound like "Rust In Peace", so on and so forth. We go into the studio with a bunch of ideas and whatever comes out comes out. "Endgame", obviously, looking back, definitely had more of a thrashy vibe to it in certain parts and it's a full-on metal record. I really love that record a lot. "Super Collider" has more twists and turns to it, which I have no issue with either. For us to do the same thing over and over again, obviously a certain amount of fans always want us to play "Looking Down The Cross", "Devil's Island" and "The Conjuring", brutal stuff like that. When you really think about it, it's never really been like that, because certain songs have those heavy elements, which I love because my favorite thing to do is the heavy stuff. A lot of our albums are not all brutally heavy. If it's a real heavy record, that's great. If it's not so heavy with twists and turns, that's okay too. Pop-Break: Your band recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of "Countdown To Extinction" by playing it in its entirety. Do you think any of the elements from "Countdown" rubbed off on "Super Collider" or will it possibly influence the new material? I know Dave is already talking about his ideas for the new music. Shawn Drover: I don't know, because we did the celebration for that record a year ago. Obviously, we played that in a lot of areas. The thing with that, we also did the whole "Rust In Peace" celebration 2010 and that didn't really rub off on the next record. It's cool to go back and revisit, it's a cool thing for the fans to come see, which is great. Honestly, you got to stay in the now. If you go back and try to repeat yourself, you're just a fake and you're trying to replicate something you have already done in the past. It's like VAN HALEN going back and trying to re-record "Van Halen" 1. It's not going to sound entirely like "Atomic Punk"; you just can't do it because you're in a different headspace. It could be aggressive or whatever you want it to be but it's never going to be the same. I just don't think it's good to replicate yourself anyway. Pop-Break: "Youthanasia" will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year. I recently read a quote from Dave mentioning the possibility of the band playing the album in its entirety. Where does "Youthansia" rank for you personally amongst MEGADETH's catalog? Shawn Drover: I honestly don't know if we're doing that next year or not. Yes, I've heard talk about it, but every year is an anniversary of one of our records. Although I love that record, I got to tell you that I love all the records for different reasons. I love "Killing Is My Business" because it's just so aggressive and filled with musical hatred. It's just one of my favorite records. "Youthansia", to me, is such a concise record. All the songs are so polished and put together so well. No, it's not the most brutal record they've ever done. In terms of songwriting, the songs are amazing on that record and the production is flawless. It's a Max Norman production. I just think that record is extremely solid from start to finish. To play that live which we never done, if it does happen, I think it would be great. You always hear or read things on the Internet and you don't know if it's true or not. I don't want to confirm something that I don't know if it's true or not. We'll leave it at that. If it does happen next year and we do play the record anywhere, I think it will be great and we'll just have to wait and see. Read the entire interview at Pop-Break.com.
TIMO TOLKKI: 'For Me, STRATOVARIUS Pretty Much Was Dead After 2004'
Dave Smiles of Full Throttle Rock recently conducted an interview with former STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Full Throttle Rock: What was the inspiration for the story behind [the debut TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON album] "The Land Of New Hope"? Tolkki: For the story, it was mainly from my own observations of where this world and mankind are heading. I hope I am wrong, but it just seemed to be a good idea to do a trilogy about this subject. I wrote the whole story at one go, chunked it in three pieces and "The Land Of New Hope" is actually the end of the story so the first album is kind of last at the same time. Full Throttle Rock: What are some of your favourite memories from your time with STRATOVARIUS? Tolkki: 2500 shows, 24 years, 300 written songs, 2 million albums sold and insane amount of work in producing all the albums. I was there all the time cause it was my artistic vision. I was lucky to have good musicians and I think I was right there in the beginning to create this musical format called power metal. Lately, I have gotten some recognition about that and it feels good because I really worked hard on the music, arrangements and the production. It was 24/7 job, really. For me, STRATO pretty much was dead after 2004, regarding all aspects. Something weird just happened there and there are quite a bit misinformations about that in the media and Internet, but there is nothing I can do to that. Full Throttle Rock: Jens Johansson [STRATOVARIUS] is on "The Land Of New Hope". Do you see yourself working with any more of your former bandmates in the future? Tolkki: Well, it's possible. In fact, just last week I got a bit weird e-mail from their management regarding something that sounded quite interesting. I have to give it some thought first before I can talk about it. Full Throttle Rock: What's your opinion of the current state of the music industry? Where do you see things going with the development of downloading music? Tolkki: It's the question, and I believe it varies from one music style to another. Metal fans are still buying CDs. But it is true that there is a major shift taking place right now and it's gonna get harder and harder to be a professional musician. CD will be obsolete in 10 years, I think, and vinyl is not the savior. The quantities are very small. I think we will see more and more music going to streaming services and artists getting paid less and less, which might force them to direct interaction with their fans. This is very difficult if you are a starting band. In any case, it seems that it’s gonna go completely to Internet and I think it will be all streamed in the end. Unfortunately. This forces anybody from not taking any risks which might contribute to some interesting music being recorded and released and results more to just very formalized and perhaps not so interesting music. Read the entire interview at Full Throttle Rock.
KREATOR's MILLE PETROZZA Interviewed By DEVIL DOG TV (Video)
On November 2, Devil Dog TV conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Miland "Mille" Petrozza of German/Finnish thrash metal veterans KREATOR in Montreal, Quebec, Canada during the "Legends Of Thrash Tour" with OVERKILL. You can now watch the chat below. Ubooks has set a December 10 release date for the English edition of Hilmar Bender's book "Violent Evolution: The Story Of Kreator". Originally published in German in March 2011 through UBooks Verlag, the 221-page book is described as follows: "'Violent Evolution' tells the story of KREATOR — the titans of Teutonic thrash — from the coal-mining town of Essen, Germany. It is the story of a group of bored teenagers who brought the brutality of everyday life into the rehearsal room. They let their hair grow, formed a band and landed a record deal before they had even reached twenty. "Drawing on exclusive interviews with the band's members (both past and present), family, producers, filmmakers and crew, 'Violent Evolution' explores the band's remarkable rise from formative years to spectacular success, headlining the greatest open-air stages on the planet. "This is their story, from the start to today; from kindergarten (literally) to rulers of the thrash kingdom. An exciting chronicle of one of the most important thrash metal bands in the world." KREATOR's new concert DVD/Blu-ray, "Dying Alive", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 9. "Dying Alive" was released on August 30 via Nuclear Blast. The set features the band's sold-out homecoming show in Oberhausen, Germany on December 22, 2012 after an extensive 45-day European tour in support of KREATOR's "Phantom Antichrist" album. The packed and sweat-driven show was filmed by 24 cameras, as well as guitar and even mosh-pit cams. The DVD/Blu-ray contains footage of the Oberhausen concert, a behind-the-scenes documentary as well as video clips. Approximate total running time: 115 minutes.
EDDIE VAN HALEN Featured In GUITAR AFICIONADO Magazine
According to the Van Halen News Desk, VAN HALEN guitar legend Eddie Van Halen is featured in the January/February 2014 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine. "I'm not the typical guitar collector in the least," Eddie is quoted as saying in the article. "I've bought a lot of vintage pieces over the years, but I've destroyed quite a few of them. "People might think, How could you desecrate the Mona Lisa? but I really don't care what something looks like. I'm more concerned with a guitar’s functionality, sound, and playability. That's why I started building my own guitars. Other guitars wouldn't do what I needed them to do, so I made my own." For the rest of this story, including 14 pages of photos of Eddie Van Halen's gear, purchase a copy of the magazine at VanHalenStore.com. Released in 2012, "A Different Kind Of Truth" was the first new VAN HALEN album in 14 years and the first since 1984 to feature David Lee Roth, the band's original singer, on lead vocals. The disc debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 187,000 copies in its first week of release. The group toured through the spring and early part of the summer of 2012 behind the album, but abruptly pulled off the road that June due to "exhaustion." A severe intestinal disorder later sidelined Eddie Van Halen, restricting the band to only sporadic live shows since.