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DEAFLOCK Thrash Metal from Japan

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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BUCKCHERRY's JOSH TODD: A Lot Of Rock Bands You Hear On Radio Sound Like 'A Computer Spitting Out Songs'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 05:10

During a brand new interview with Dalton Castle of the Albany, New York rock radio station Q103, singer Josh Todd of California rockers BUCKCHERRY was asked how his band manages to faithfully reproduce its albums in a live environment. Josh responded: "The secret is we don't put a ton of Auto-Tuned vocals on our tracks like all these other… A lot of the rock bands you hear on the radio, it doesn't even sound like rock music anymore; it just sounds like a computer spitting out songs." He continued: "There's some pop artists in the pop world that are doing it right — like Sam Smith and Bruno Mars; they're all playing and singing and they've got great bands and they're great vocalists, and they have a lot of space and groove in their songs. "That's what we've always done; we've always just been a traditional rock band. We don't add stuff that doesn't need to be there and that isn't there live, so that when you see us live, usually it's a step up from the record, which is always cool. All these other bands that you are seeing live now, a lot of 'em are just running tracks and not even playing a lot of the stuff that you're hearing that's coming out of the PA. "We've always prided ourselves on our live show and being a real live band and we like to associate with other bands that are really doing it live, and there's a few of 'em out there." Todd added: "There are some bands out there — I won't name names — that have complete Pro Tools rigs set up underneath the stage. Everything is to track; it's insane. That's been going on a lot in the pop world for a lot of years, but there's a lot of stuff going on like that in the rock world now. "For instance, when I watched the 'American Music Awards', there were some acts that were just lip-synching and just playing to tracks and then there were some acts that were live, and there was just a tremendous difference. And I just wish we could just get back to, you go see a live show and it's live; that's it. That's the beauty of going to see a live show — seeing the imperfections and also seeing songs played in a different way or approached differently. It's cool. That's what's special about going and seeing live music." As previously reported, BUCKCHERRY has launched a line of adult products called Crazy Bitch Toys. The band has teamed up with Doc Johnson to introduce such items as a 7" vibrator, a 4" rocket vibrator, lube, a couples sex kit, butt plug and more. The first two signature products available from the Crazy Bitch Toys line are the "All Night Long Pleasure Cock" and "The Truth Tattoo Care Kit." Both are sure to enthrall fans and buyers alike. The items are available now for purchase at CrazyBitchToys.com. The Truth Tattoo Care Kit is a revolutionary kit featuring Tattoo Balm, Gentle Tattoo Cleanser and Moisturizing Tattoo Lotion. Important aspects of care and protection were considered during the development of this kit. The Tattoo Balm is formulated with protective oils and Shea butter to be used right after having tattoo artwork completed. The Gentle Tattoo Cleanser will help keep fresh tattoos clean while healing. And the Moisturizing Tattoo Lotion is a clean, non-sticky formula to intensify colors and accentuate tattoo artwork. BUCKCHERRY in August released a new EP, simply titled "Fuck", via the band's newly established F Bomb imprint. Each of the six songs on the disc has the F-word in the title, including "Somebody Fucked With Me", "I Don't Give A Fuck" and the first single, a cover of Icona Pop's hit "I Love It", re-imagined as "Say Fuck It".

ATREYU's BRANDON SALLER On Upcoming Album: 'We Just Want To Go Back To Fast And Heavy'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:10

Brandon Saller, drummer and clean vocalist for reactivated Southern California metallers ATREYU, says that the band is trying to "go back to fast and heavy" material for its upcoming comeback album, explaining that the music that has already been written for the CD is "unapologetically abrasive." During a brand new interview with Australia's Hysteria, Saller was asked to elaborate on ATREYU singer Alex Varkatzas' recent online post in which Alex said the band's new music would contain "tons of screaming and shredding" in the vein of the material on ATREYU's 2004 album "The Curse", and that it would be "none of that major-label BS." "For us, there was never a situation of too many cooks in the kitchen when we moved to the major label," Saller said. "We have always been a band that experimented with new sounds and new styles, trying to expand on what we have already done. What Alex is saying with that 'no major-label bullshit' is the new music we've been toying with is unapologetically abrasive. There's nothing very radio about it. There's nothing pop about it." He continued: "We're trying to get back to where we were when we first started the band; all we wanted to do was fucking destroy a 300-person-capacity club. We just want to go back to fast and heavy. "We've written and recorded a few songs, and it's coming up awesome, but we are trying to keep our mouths shut on this." Saller added: "I'll say this much: it's very heavy, and a punch in the face for heavy metal fans." ATREYU's first material in six years will be released in 2015 through the Search And Destroy imprint as part of the newly announced joint venture between Raw Power Management and Spinefarm. In a recent interview with Australia's Music Feeds, Saller stated about how ATREYU decided to get back together and start working on new music again: "I think it was probably six to eight months ago, we kind of just started talking again. It started coming up a year and a half ago, and it just wasn't right. So we started more seriously talking about it and decided that we wanted to dip our toes back in and inch our way back into playing again. It really felt right for all of us and with the state of the music world right now, it felt like a good time to do that." He continued: "It was funny because a lot of people had speculation and were talking about a lot of stuff with [the celebration of the tenth anniversary of ATREYU's second album] 'The Curse', and I think that a lot people just expected maybe some 'Curse' shows to come up when we first [announced] we were coming back. And that definitely came up, but it was the kind of thing where we just felt like making music again more than anything. So it started as kind of a… The idea for that turned into having more interest in making more music. We started writing again and jamming and went into the studio with Fred Archambault, [whom] I've done stuff with with my band HELL OR HIGHWATER; he's just a great producer and engineer. So we went into the studio and recorded some music, just to see how it felt. So we went from there and announced a couple of shows here in the States. Everything's kind of fallen into place in a pretty special way, so it's a lot of fun right now."

SEBASTIAN BACH Says 'Give 'Em Hell' Sold More Copies First Week Than New OZZY OSBOURNE Record

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:10

During a brand new interview with Illinois Entertainer, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach spoke about the songwriting process for his latest solo album, "Give 'Em Hell". "I have this weird thing where I can't really sing lyrics that I don't believe in," he said. "And it makes people very mad at me. I can't just fake it, and I've tried in the past and it doesn't work. Some of the lyrics are so personal that I refused to put the lyrics on the record and the record company begged me to. Some of the lyrics on there are so personal that I don't even want you to read them!" He continued: "It's just such a nebulous process. You go into a studio with nothing and you're supposed to come out of there with 13 tunes that you're so proud of and that you love so much. And there's no rhyme or reason to how you get to that point." Bach added: "My ultimate dream in rock 'n' roll when I was fired from SKID ROW in 1996 was to possibly some day be like Ozzy Osbourne, in that he came up with [BLACK] SABBATH and then had a successful solo career. "Blabbermouth.com [sic] has this thing where they always print the first week sales of every record, which is annoying, but 'Give 'Em Hell' sold more copies the first week out than the new Ozzy Osbourne record. [Editor's note: Sebastian is presumably referring to Ozzy Osbourne's 'Memoirs Of A Madman' collection, a compilation of Ozzy's "greatest hit singles."] That's really a milestone for me because that's what I was trying to do. I think after three, four or five solo releases, I'm establishing myself in that way. This is the most successful solo record I've ever had." "Give 'Em Hell" sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Memoirs Of A Madman" opened with around 4,200 copies to land at No. 90. Bach's 2011 CD, "Kicking & Screaming", opened with 6,600 units to enter the chart at No. 73. The singer's 2007 effort, "Angel Down", registered a first-week tally of 6,400 back to debut at No. 190. "Give 'Em Hell" was released on April 22 via Frontiers Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Kicking & Screaming" was once again produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, BLACK SABBATH and SHINEDOWN, among others. Joining Sebastian during the recording sessions for "Give 'Em Hell" were Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES), and two top-class guitar players: John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE) and Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL). Rounding out the lineup on the CD were Devin Bronson (AVRIL LAVIGNE, PINK) on guitar and Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, FATES WARNING) on drums. Duff and Sebastian previously collaborated on Duff's solo album "Believe In Me".

Rock Or Bust - AC/DC

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:10

Hello again from the highway to you-know-where. Rock legends AC/DC come calling with their lean fifteenth album, "Rock Or Bust" and the title just might represent the factual mindset of the band as they trooped through well-publicized adversities to deliver it. Angus Young (who will likely be buried in that omnipresent schoolboy outfit whenever his time comes) now finds his nephew Stevie Young slinging rhythm in place of Malcolm Young, who has sadly been forced to bow out of the band with the shattering prognosis of dementia. If that wasn't debilitating enough, the roundabout allegations cast against Phil Rudd dampens the otherwise optimistic release of "Rock Or Bust", which has a lot going for it, efficiency being number one. Fortunately, AC/DC is the kind of band that always has and always will maintain a set audience that looks past any internal drama. So long as the band sounds like themselves and the cannons roar onstage during "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You", the tickets will sell to their gigs and the albums will fly, even in a stale record sales climate as we have today. "Rock Or Bust" enjoyed the benefit of a shrewd pre-launch campaign in the form of "Play Ball" becoming the anthem of this year's MLB playoffs and it was even kicked around a few times by networks during the opening of the NFL season. Not too shabby when prefab divas and desperate, post-teen sex mavens dominate music headlines today. Let's play ball, yes, but let's also shoot straight. "Rock Or Bust" is nothing new nor overtly booming. The shaky though muscular "Dogs Of War" sets off a handful of flat tracks ("Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder" is barely a tremor, sorry) smooshed toward the middle of "Rock Or Bust". The good news is that the front and rear sections of the album are snap tight and unquestionably pleasurable. It being six years since AC/DC's last outing, "Black Ice", there's an appreciative sense of economy to "Rock Or Bust"'s grooving 35 minutes that gives fans something to shake a hip to while they're tossing down the Jack. "Baptism by Fire" being the most energetic and dirtied-down song on this album, it's terrific hearing AC/DC get their boogie back in doses even as they send nods to LED ZEPPELIN thereafter on "Rock The House". Earlier on, Angus tosses out a quick salute to Jimi Hendrix on the intro to "Dogs Of War". Still, "Baptism By Fire" and "Rock The House" are louder and more spirited than anyone could've expected from a band this far into their careers and weathering new storms crashed upon their camp. "Play Ball" being one of the most memorable AC/DC jams in years, other strong tracks on this album are "Rock The Blues Away", "Miss Adventure" and "Sweet Candy". Even the title track leading off the album, while sounding like every danged AC/DC song that's come before it, puts the listener into a comfortable place that makes this album worth checking in with. "Sweet Candy" is that sleazy little engine that always could, grinding away upon Cliff Williams' bass humps and no matter how many times you've heard these simplistic rock arrangements in the past, they dependably hum. Brian Johnson sounds his tobacco-whiskey-clogged best on this album, even as Angus Young proves ever-reliable with his crusty licks and mangy solos. Whatever he's proven guilty of in his personal life, Phil Rudd's a beast on this album. Cliff Williams' lines range from lazy to freewheeling, depending on what's called for, same as it ever was. There's never a battle for supremacy in the mix on this album, prudently processed by Brendan O'Brien and Mike Fraser. "Rock Or Bust" thus sounds like a proper AC/DC album and at times, like the big rock record it wants to be. While Angus was left holding the reins to finish the writing of "Rock Or Bust" after he and Malcolm began its course, there is a sense of hurry-up to the album, but in this case, that's a benefit and not a detriment. At times, AC/DC's latter-day albums have sunk in numerous spots due to bloating and the unwise decision to extend playing times. In this case, "Rock Or Bust" is largely quality over quantity. When the songs catch (and they do frequently), AC/DC still proves entertaining as hell. If "Rock Or Bust" ends up being AC/DC's curtain call studio outing, then Angus and the boys can retain their stiff upper lips by saying they gave it their all.

METALLICA To Join SAN JOSE SHARKS For Special 'Metalli-Sharks' Night

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 02:10

San Francisco Bay Area-based metal giants METALLICA are extending their sports partnerships by joining the San Jose Sharks on January 21, 2015 against current Stanley Cup holders the Los Angeles Kings for a night of "Metalli-hockey mayhem." The band will travel down to San Jose on January 21, 2015 for a special "Metallica Night" with the NHL's San Jose Sharks as they take on their bitter rivals, the Los Angeles Kings. METALLICA says in a statement: "What's that, we hear you say? 'ANOTHER Bay Area METALLICA-sports tie-in?' "Well, as some of you may know, we have been long supporters of the Sharks going back to the mid-'90s when the team moved permanently to San Jose... Over the years we've made many treks down to the Shark Tank. So it's actually pretty fitting that we finally connect with the team for a night of metal and hockey and we want you to come along and partake of the festivities with us. We'll be on hand for the first strains of 'Seek & Destroy', kick off the game with the puck drop, and partake in some of the intermission fun and games that Sharks fans know and love." Special "Metallica Night" tickets go on sale this Wednesday, December 17 at 10:00 a.m. PST and include a "Metalli-Sharks" shirt with a portion of the sales benefiting the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. Be sure to purchase the special event ticket here at sharks.nhl.com in order to also receive the shirt. METALLICA last month revealed that the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants have invited the band back for the third annual "Metallica Night" at the Giants' hometown ballfield, AT&T Park. The band will be on hand all evening on Saturday, May 2, 2015 during the game between as the Giants and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and will participate in several events throughout the night, which will also feature special giveaways and souvenirs. metallicaasharks

GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA Talks New Solo Material, Trying To Break Into Acting (Video)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 01:10

On December 10, TheRockRevival.com 's Matt Bishop conducted an interview down with GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna at Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he has written any new solo material since the release of his 2010 solo album, "Avalon": Sully: "Yeah, I'm constantly writing. It's just a matter of when I feel like I have the right batch of songs to put on an album. Because that's really important to me, especially with the solo stuff. This is the kind of music that's… it's more personal to me. It's not something I'm really looking to be critiqued about or whatever. I mean, they can, if they want to. But it's not as visible as GODSMACK is, with the heritage that that band has. So, for me, this a lot more personal, so it has to be really right. This isn't about big radio hits and that kind of stuff; this is a live musical band with a lot of great multi-instrumentalists in it. So when it's ready, it's ready. But I'm always writing, always looking for material." On whether his next solo release will be another full-length album: Sully: "I think so. I'm still old school in that way where I really enjoy creating art and I really enjoy creating a full body of work, with sequencing and how the songs flow into one another. Back in the days when PINK FLOYD 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' and albums like that were really relevant, I still have that mentality to wanna do that. Although we're entering a much different era in our lives now with the digital age and all that stuff, so now it's more about people picking a single or two off iTunes. But it doesn't mean I wanna represent my art in that way either. And there is gonna certainly gonna be a point where — with GODSMACK or even with the solo stuff — that I may just wanna do singles and tour off the heritage of the band, which I think GODMACK is a lot more poised for right now than the solo stuff. But the solo stuff is still fairly new and I wanna nurture that some more, so I think, for sure, it's gonna be more of a full-length album when it's ready." On trying to find his way into the acting world: Sully: "Back in 2003, I kind of got bit with the acting bug when I did the video for 'I Stand Alone' and I had to do scenes with The Rock and Kelly Hu, and some established actors. And I remember thinking I was gonna be really nervous and uncomfortable, and I surprisingly found myself very comfortable working out these scenes with these people that I thought would be a little bit more intimidating. And from that point on I started just exploring the acting world and I started doing classes with a lady named Susan Batson, who's a really top-notch acting coach — she does Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. And from there, I started getting a little bit more involved in it, and I started landing small roles — like on [the TV series] 'Dirt' with Courteney Cox — and I just recently did a role in a new Martin Scorsese movie called 'Bleed For This' — small part as a blackjack dealer that I have a scene with the main guy in the movie, Miles Teller. Katey Sagal is in it and stuff like that. And I just finished shooting a pilot for a new TV series with a bunch of the cast from 'Sons Of Anarchy'David Labrava, who plays Happy on 'Sons Of Anarchy', and Drea de Matteo. So between that and a couple of films that I'm supposed to be doing next year, I'm just trying to continue to get some momentum in TV and film, because I really enjoy it as well. It's a really fun thing. And I'm just working my way up that ladder at this point, and nurturing GODSMACK when that needs my attention, and doing some solo stuff. And the rest of my time I give to my daughter."

LEVEL 10 Featuring RUSSELL ALLEN, MAT SINNER: 'Blasphemy' Lyric Video

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 22:10

Frontiers Music Srl will release LEVEL 10's debut album, "Chapter One", in Europe on January 23 and in North America on January 27. The CD features 12 songs performed in a true metal style, with a distinctly contemporary edge. The official lyric video for the LEVEL 10 track "Blasphemy" can be seen below. LEVEL 10 was born out of a collaboration between American powerhouse singer Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB, ALLEN/LANDE) and the acclaimed German producer/bassist Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER). The pair met a few times during the years and swore to each other to find the time to work together. That occasion finally came about when Frontiers president Serafino Perugino managed to connect with the two and get them committed to the creation of a new metal album which could meld the more contemporary and aggro sound of ADRENALINE MOB with the more traditional European power metal assault of PRIMAL FEAR. Sinner quickly put together a killer lineup for the album, including his PRIMAL FEAR cohorts Randy Black (on drums) and Alex Beyrodt (on guitar) and called Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE, VOODOO CIRCLE) to complete the lineup on lead guitar and keyboards respectively. On the songwriting side — besides the band members — the album also sees contributions from Magnus Karlsson, Carsten Schulz, Sander Gommans and Amanda Somerville. While the actual recording took a long time due to the "day job" commitments from the various musicians involved in this release, the result is an outstanding and super-heavy — yet infectiously melodic — album. With Allen's over-the-top vocals and a powerful lineup second to none, the resulting CD is, from start to finish, a true delight for all heavy metal fans. "The target was to write and record a traditional and powerful heavy rock album with some of the best players in this genre," says Sinner. "The result is just amazing. Russell's voice is in a fantastic shape, kick-ass songs and I'm really proud of the album!" Russell Allen adds: "When Mat and I met many moons ago we became fast friends. He's a great talent and a great guy. We had talked about working together in some way and it took shape in the form of level 10. I'm very excited for the world to finally hear this great record!" "Chapter One" track listing: 01. Cry No More 02. Soul Of A Warrior 03. When The Nighttime Comes 04. One Way Street 05. Blasphemy 06. Last Man On Earth 07. In For The Kill 08. Voice Of The Wilderness 09. All Hope Is Gone 10. Demonized 11. The Soul Is Eternal 12. Forevermore A trailer for the CD is available below. LEVEL 10 recording lineup: Russell Allen - Lead & Backing Vocals Mat Sinner - Bass & Backing Vocals Roland Grapow - Guitar Alex Beyrodt - Guitar Randy Black - Drums & Percussion Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards


STEEL PANTHER Has No Interest In Making 'Serious' Album

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 21:10

Singer Michael Starr (real name Ralph Saenz; ex-L.A. GUNS) of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER tells The Tennessean that, despite the band's cult band status, "now, with where we're at with 25 employees, trucks and buses, there's a lot riding on what comes out on our CDs. Plus, we're getting a lot of pressure to write clean stuff from people surrounding our camp, so they can make money off of what we're doing," he adds. "They're like, 'Look, we need a serious record from STEEL PANTHER.' From day one, we said, 'No. We're not doing that.' " Starr explained STEEL PANTHER's attitude in a 2012 interview with Billboard. He said: "We just have fun. We've always had fun. We're guys that obviously are just comedic all the way to the core. We just decided, 'Hey, let's have fun and not take ourselves seriously." He continued: "And you know what, dude? I'm glad that we did it this way, because now I'm happy. This is who I am, y'know? We have the [different] names but we're not putting on, like, an act. I don't have to act like some other dude. I get to be myself and people dig it. Even people that laugh at us are still fans, which is really cool." STEEL PANTHER has just released its first-ever original Christmas track, "The Stocking Song". Featuring STEEL PANTHER's signature hooks and naughty take on the holiday season, it is available for purchase on iTunes and on Amazon. Having wrapped a highly successful run as main support for JUDAS PRIEST in North America last month, STEEL PANTHER is currently on a North American headlining run, which kicked off in Charlotte, North Carolina. Following the North American headlining dates, the band will be play a series of "Threesomes", two three-night residencies, one in their hometown of Los Angeles and the other in nearby Las Vegas, at the cities' respective House Of Blues venues in February. STEEL PANTHER's third album, "All You Can Eat", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Open E/KLS.


Monday, December 15, 2014 - 21:10

SOUNDGARDEN's Chris Cornell will perform with MAD SEASON featuring Mike McCready (PEARL JAM) and Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) plus the Seattle Symphony orchestra at a special "Sonic Evolution" concert at Seattle's Benaroya Hall on January 30. Tickets start at $50 and may be purchased at www.seattlesymphony.org, by calling the Seattle Symphony ticket office at (206) 215-4747, or by visiting the ticket office in Benaroya Hall, located on the corner of Union Street and Third Avenue, or via the Seattle Symphony's iPhone and Android apps. Now in its fourth year, "Sonic Evolution" creates a bridge between the Symphony and Seattle's storied reputation as launching pad for some of the most creative musicians on the popular music scene. In celebration of the past, present and future of our city's musical legacy, Ludovic Morlot, and the Seattle Symphony commissioned three artists to write orchestral world premieres inspired by bands that launched from, or are related to, Seattle. The first half of the program features three world premieres and Seattle Symphony commissions and co-commissions. French composer Yann Robin's "Ashes", a piece inspired by the iconic American rock band NIRVANA, which rose to fame in Seattle in the late 1980s, will begin the program. It is followed by "Beyond Much Difference" by Angelique Poteat, inspired by another legendary Seattle-based rock band of the 1990s, PEARL JAM. Poteat participated in the Seattle Symphony Young Composers Workshop from 2002 to 2004, and has since become one of the most promising young composers for new music. The Symphony commissioned Poteat to write a chamber piece, titled "Much Difference", for its May 5, 2014 concert at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City. "Beyond Much Difference" is an orchestral arrangement and expansion of the earlier chamber work. The first half of the program concludes with "Waking The Horizon", a piece conceived by McCready (arranged by Scott Teske). Joining Ludovic Morlot, the Symphony, and members of Vocalpoint! Seattle on stage, McCready will perform during the piece. Ludovic commented during a recent score reading with McCready: "With this collaboraton we are both coming out of our normal comfort zones. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from one another and give ourselves a chance to grow as artists." McCready returns after intermission with American rock supergroup MAD SEASON, including original drummer Barrett Martin. The star-studded lineup will also include iconic SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell and GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan. Ludovic Morlot will lead guest musicians and the Seattle Symphony in a debut performance of orchestral and solo arrangements of original MAD SEASON works. See below for more details. "Above", the first and only album to be completed by MAD SEASON, featured McCready alongside vocalist Layne Staley (ALICE IN CHAINS), drummer/percussionist Barrett Martin (SCREAMING TREES) and bassist John Baker Saunders (THE WALKABOUTS, LAMONT CRANSTON BAND). Concert Details Friday, January 30, 2015, at 8 p.m. "Sonic Evolution" Special Performances Ludovic Morlot, conductor Mike McCready, special guest MAD SEASON lineup for the event: Chris Cornell, vocals Mike McCready, guitar Duff McKagan, bass guitar Barrett Martin, drums Members of Vocalpoint! Seattle Seattle Symphony Program: Yann Robin: "Ashes" (World Premiere) Angelique Poteat: "Beyond Much Difference" (World Premiere) MIKE MCCREADY/arr. Scott Teske "Waking the Horizon" (World Premiere) MAD SEASON/arr. Scott Teske "River of Deceit" MAD SEASON/arr. Scott Teske "I Don't Know Anything" MAD SEASON/arr. Scott Teske "Long Gone Day" Yann Robin's "Ashes" is co-commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and the Lille National Orchestra. Angelique Poteat's "Beyond Much Difference" is generously underwritten by the Brian and Lynn Grant Family.


Monday, December 15, 2014 - 20:10

Greek extreme metallers SEPTICFLESH have recruited Kerim "Krimh" Lechner (DECAPITATED, BEHEMOTH) as their new drummer following the recent departure of Fotis Benardo (a.k.a. Fotis Gianakopoulos). Commented Krimh: "I feel very honored to join such a great band which has been one of my favorites since years. "SEPTICFLESH's music is outstanding and unique. It is melodic and heavy but with groove. Exactly how I like it! "I can't wait to start a new chapter with SEPTICFLESH and see you on the road." SEPTICFLESH's latest full-length album, "Titan", was released on June 24 via Season Of Mist in Europe and Prosthetic in North America. The new CD consists of 10 songs that were recorded once again at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and in the Czech Republic with the collaboration of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Choir. From there, the album was mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by acclaimed producer Logan Mader (GOJIRA, FEAR FACTORY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY). Says the band: "We worked hard with Logan to bring you the ultimate death metal soundtrack for your darkest dreams. The compositions are progressive with a lot of emotional peaks, while at the same time the songs sound very aggressive and powerful. We also had the chance to work for the first time with a full children's choir besides the regular adult choir, and that helped us dive deeper into darker cinematic atmospheres. We have achieved a new level of extreme emotions."