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Mexican death metallers XIPE TOTEC presents the fourth album

NEROCROMO MUSIC and INVINCIBLE RECORDS are proud to announce the fourth album of XIPE TOTEC, Extreme metal band from Mexico!
This Prehispanic band in vein of Brutal Technical Death Metal has returned with a new album titled "Miquian" (The moment of death)
The album will be available on digital market in 2015, February 15th on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Music, Nokia, Emusic...
Release page: http://nerocromomusic.blogspot.it/2015/02/xipe-totec-miquian-catalogue-n...

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Former MORBID ANGEL Drummer PETE SANDOVAL: How 'I Fell In Love With God'

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 16:10

On March 7, AndrewHaug.com, Australia's first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station launched by Andrew Haug, the former host of Triple J Australia's "The Racket" radio show (originally "Full Metal Racket"; 2001-2011), conducted an interview with drummer Pedro "Pete" Sandoval (MORBID ANGEL, TERRORIZER) at the Hammersonic festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A few excerpts from the chat follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his health five years after undergoing back surgery: "Things are much better for me now. I feel much better than 20 years ago. Even my playing is much stronger. Fast as usual. And a lot of positive, a lot more positive stuff with. A lot better, like I said. My back, it's… I've never felt as good as I feel now." On newer extreme metal drummers: "I couldn't really tell you much about… But nowadays there's so many bands, so many drummers out there… It's not the same as when I started, I guess, when I started doing MORBID ANGEL. All this technology has changed. And regardless, there's a lot of great drummers out there, young drummers, that are taking this genre of music to the next level, I believe. What can I say? Good luck. Be positive. Just do it. Just believe in yourself. For me, I believe in myself, but I believe in God first, because without God, I wouldn't be where I am right now." On whether his split with MORBID ANGEL had anything to do with his religious beliefs: "The reason for the separation of MORBID ANGEL and I was not really a religious matter. But it was my problem that I had with my back. I had to have a surgery back in 2009. And I was not a religious person back then. It was all a back problem. I had to get my back fixed, and they were gonna wait for me, actually, for me to recover. But then it took more than what we expected it was gonna take. So the bottom line is MORBID ANGEL could not wait for me, because I could not do it for years. So they had to find a new drummer. And that's the reason why I don't play in MORBID ANGEL anymore. Four years it took… I didn't even think I was gonna come back and play drums again, because I was really bad. I was, like, four years of recovering. And while MORBID ANGEL had already done a new record with a new guy, I recall. And so, in 2012, right after I recorded [TERRORIZER's] 'Hordes Of Zombies' record, during that year, somehow that's when I found God. That's when I found God and that's when my lie started to change." On whether there was a particular moment when he embraced God: "Well, my mother and my sister, they have been Christians for the past twenty years, so they always told me and encouraged me to seek God. They talked to me about God all the time. And so, in 2012, I kind of… I started reading some of The Bible that my mom would recommend some scriptures. So I read some of it, but still I didn't feel like I needed God. Something just happened, I guess. I would say God came into my heart because the scripture says that you've gotta seek God with all your heart and mind and humble yourself to God, and then God will come to you. And I believe that while I was trying to understand some of the scriptures, the word of God, I believe that God came into my heart and he opened my eyes. The light just went on and I realized that I was actually living in this world of darkness, and this life of darkness. And that was the turning point for me. God came into my heart and he opened my eyes, and I realized that there is actually a God. Because you have to experience God in order to know that there is God. You have to experience him in your life, in your heart, and then you will know that there is actually a God. And since then, my faith has just dramatically increased concerning the things of God. And the more I knew God, the more I wanted to know about God. I fell in love with God. It's like your first love. That's what actually happened. I love God now, and nothing from this world can separate me." On how he feels when he looks back on his legacy with MORBID ANGEL: "I feel great. I'm proud of everything I did with MORBID and TERRORIZER. I don't think I would wanna change any of that. I feel great. Like I'm saying, I feel great. I think all of that was like a road that led me into where I am now. I had to go through all that, because even though I was successful, I was a great drummer, or I am a good drummer, and I did all that great work, people don't really know your personal life. They think that, 'Wow! It's a great album, it's a great drummer. Great album, great band. He must have everything. He must be the happiest man on the earth.' But the reality is that slowly these successes on earth will end sooner or later, so while we're doing all this, we're slowly destroying our lives. Because I used to drink a lot, I used to smoke a lot. That's one of the things that were really taking me into a road of perdition, destruction. And that's what I mean by living in a world of darkness. A lot of people are doing it right now, people in bands. Even though they are successful at what they do, but yet they're destroying their lives by the way their lifestyles. Their partying lifestyles, the drinking, the smoking, the eating habits, all that, it's a contributor to the process of destroying your life slowly. Slowly destroying your life. And we see it around us. There's a lot of great musicians that die — alcohol, drug overdose. And people in the world, they say, 'We feel bad about that,' or 'Oh, well…' Nobody thinks deep about these incidents, and how this world, this life, is actually a destroyer. It's a killing, destroying style of living, and this is the world of darkness that we live in, because we're doing it, we're enjoying the day-by-day, the moment, the success of the moment, but at the end, there is a way which seems right, but at the end of it, it's just the end of destruction, the end of death. I mean, I saw it with my longtime friend and brother, [late NAPALM DEATH guitarist] Jesse Pintado. C'mon! Poor guy. What a legacy he left; he just left us. But yet nobody could do anything about it while his life was being destroyed by alcohol. Years and years and years, he was destroying slowly, slowly, slowly destroying his life until his end. Why there was his parents, friends… friends, they have to come and tell you what you're doing wrong and what that's gonna lead you to. It's gonna lead you to an early death. And that is the world of darkness which I am referring to. We live in this world and we think that it's never gonna happen to us. Oh, man. That's the way of the world. I believe the God of this world, he wants to take as many, as many with him — Satan — and the way he's doing it… We can see it. We can see it happen. We go to a concert and you see hundreds and hundreds of kids destroying their lives, smoking and drinking and drinking and drinking, and a lot of deaths are happening every day because of that. We just think it's normal. No, people. It's not normal." "I believe that all these results are the consequences of our lifestyles, of course. And what I wish, as far as what I would have done… I wish I would have known God back then when Jesse was slowly killing himself, because I would have come and approached him and told him about what God has done for me, the change he has done for me." On whether he would have stayed in MORBID ANGEL after he "fell in love with God": "No, those two paths do not connect, because MORBID ANGEL… There is only two paths — the one with God, and the other one without God. And MORBID ANGEL is definitely a Satanic band. I would never wanna be back or playing in a Satanic band now that I found Jesus Christ, my savior and my redeemer, and the one that helps me every day. I wanna encourage… I wanna tell people that God can really change our lives and he can show us his path of life in abundance, his way of victory. Because I am on the path of victory right now. I feel like the way I 'm playing now, the way my body feels, God has helped me immensely, that I feel like I'm in my 20s and 30s, as far as physically, playing what I'm playing, the way I play. I wanna tell people that God can make us be our best at what we wanna do. Definitely. God is positive. God is power. Power. And God is life in abundance. And God can show us how to live the way he has intended us to live." On whether he misses playing with MORBID ANGEL: "No, I don't. I don't miss it. I don't miss any of that."

OZZY OSBOURNE To Undergo Surgery In May; OZZFIESTA Event Canceled

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 15:10

Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfiesta event, which was scheduled to take place from May 27 to May 31 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico, has been canceled. Organizers Cool Breeze Concerts have released the following statement regarding the cancelation: "Like you, we were very excited about the event. However, Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel. "We will be offering refunds which will be processed in the next 4-6 weeks. "If you decide that you would still enjoy an all-inclusive vacation at the Hard Rock, Riviera Maya, Mexico please send us an email, and we can make the arrangements. "We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that you understand the circumstances surrounding the cancellation." In addition to a headlining performance from Ozzy, the five-day festival was supposed to include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne, an opening night party featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a question-and-answer session with Ozzy and his band, a BLACK LABEL SOCIETY full concert, a Comedy Club Night with stand-up sets from Jim Norton and Jim Florentine, a charity golf tournament benefiting the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program and more. Ozzfiesta seemed to be a continuation of the occasional Ozzfest events that the Osbournes have staged since Ozzfest itself ended as a summer tour in 2007. Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that being rejected by another festival inspired him and Sharon to launch Ozzfest in 1996. "She tried to get me on Lollapalooza, and they turned around to Sharon and said, 'You know what, we don't think there's a spot for Ozzy in this music anymore,'" he said. "So she came home, pissed off, and she said, 'We'll do our own damn show.' So she booked me a few shows, it sold out overnight, and everything after that Sharon did on her own, you know." Ozzy's solo career retrospective, "Memoirs Of A Madman", was released on October 7, 2014. ozzfiestalogo_638

UNLEASHED: Third 'Dawn Of The Nine' Track-By-Track Breakdown Video

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 15:10

Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED will release their twelfth full-length album, "Dawn Of The Nine", on April 24 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork was created by Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, DEMONAZ, EXODUS) and can be seen below. UNLEASHED's follow-up to 2012's "Odalheim" was once again produced by the band's guitarist, Fredrik Folkare, at his Chrome Studios in Stockholm. The third track-by-track breakdown video for "Dawn Of The Nine" can be seen below. Commentary from UNLEASHED frontman Johnny Hedlund: "The Land Of The Thousand Lakes": Johnny: "The quest continues across the Baltic Sea, into the land of the thousand lakes. It is time to rest and breath, and to reflect on our past and what lies ahead. It is also a time to hold a Blot for our dead ones." "Dawn Of The Nine": Johnny: "At the Blot there is also a time for celebration and membership initiation of elite warriors. Swearing 'the nine' on the Hammer is an essential part of the blot for a new member in a Hammer Battalion. 'The nine' represents the skills a warrior must have in order to be successful in the new dawn, the world of Odalheim." "Welcome The Son Of Thor!": Johnny: "Onward through lake Mälaren, the Midgard warriors and their many ships, now return to the shores of our Folklands. Victoriously celebrating their freedom from the fascist Christ. At the very least, Svithiod has now been temporarily liberated. With White Christ still at large, the battle is far from over, but hope has finally come to these forsaken lands. The son of Thor (by some, called the Bolt Thrower) is now the high commander of the Midgard Warriors. Our time has come, a new day has risen. A new age is born. Welcome the son of Thor!" "Where Is Your God Now?": Johnny: "The Battalions of the World now embark on a quest to hunt down White Christ and to challenge him personally. Needless to say, he must face the atrocities he is responsible for. But just like any other coward, it seems that he has fled to higher ground. The Hammer Battalions are ready, waiting eagerly...... Where is your god now?" "The Bolt Thrower": Johnny: "The Midgard Warriors and their elite forces (the Hammer Battalions) are being led by the new avenger of Odalheim. Just like his father before him, he is known by many names. His warriors call him The Bolt Thrower." "Let The Hammer Fly": Johnny: "As the battle rages and Christ is nowhere to be found, no mercy is given to the women slayers of White Christ. Vengeance is taken for their deeds in the battle at Uppsala fields. Victorious and courageous, the Midgard Warriors now move their forces further up north." "Where Churches Once Burned": Johnny: "The Midgard Warriors now march across the northern lands to take back the land of our fathers, village by village, land by land. Churches are burned. And the Hammer of Thor is reinstated." "A New Day Will Rise": Johnny: "After the great battle of Odalheim (last song on the previous album), the storyline from the book of the world of Odalheim now continues. The great war is coming to an end. The 'third power' that entered the scene, forced both sides to retreat with tremendous losses. The only hope now is the avenger of Odalheim and the warriors of Midgard are convinced that their time will come." "They Came To Die": Johnny: "In the aftermath of the great war, many of the soldiers for White Christ saw no future in returning to their leader. Surrendering to the Hammer battalions, knowing that they would get shot down on sight seemed like a better idea. They came to die." "Defenders Of Midgard": Johnny: "As time passed, the Midgard Warriors prepared for life in this new situation. A time to heal and prepare for what is about to come. With the wisdom from their past and their current strength and determination, the time has come to rise and defend what is rightfully ours. The Althing initiated a campaign to hunt down all that is left of White Christ's rule in Svithiod and to reinstate the Hammer and the Rule of Thor." The first single from "Dawn Of The Nine", "Where Is Your God Now?", was released digitally on February 27. "Dawn Of The Nine" track listing: 01. A New Day Will Rise 02. They Came To Die 03. Defenders Of Midgard 04. Where Is Your God Now? 05. The Bolt Thrower 06. Let The Hammer Fly 07. Where Churches Once Burned 08. Land Of The Thousand Lakes 09. Dawn Of The Nine 10. Welcome The Son Of Thor! Says Johnny Hedlund: "The artwork represents the continuation of our previous album, which ended with 'The Great Battle Of Odalheim'. The battle took place at Uppsala fields in Sweden, and you can clearly see the 'kings graves' at the cover artwork, which is present at Uppsala also in the future. You can also see the bombed out church in the far distance. Then, of course, you see the place of Blot in the front and the rune stone with the runic symbol of courage of the new dawn." UNLEASHED's current lineup: Johnny Hedlund: Bass, Vocals Tomas Måsgard: Guitar Fredrik Folkare: Guitar Anders Schultz: Drums

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FOZZY's RICH WARD Doesn't Want To Lose Sight Of His Passion For Making Music

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:10

MikeJamesRockShow.com recently conducted an interview with FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about how FOZZY's musical diversity was inspired by the bands that he grew up on, Ward said: "Music was cool in the '70s. There was something… There weren't computers… Listen, I make records with computers because that's the way you make records now. You could make records on tape. It's almost impossible to find a working tape machine. It's almost impossible to find tape stock to put on the working tape machine. It's like finding a dinosaur egg, you know what I mean?! We're talking about something that's almost extinct. Well, dinosaur eggs are extinct. Bad example. Sorry. "The last record I did on tape was 1997, and I loved it; it was great. Everything [since then] has been done digitally. But there is something magic about the idea that a band writes songs together and they rehearse them to death and they get in there and they… Everybody in the band can sing, and everybody in the band can play, and if the bass player wanted to, he could get on piano and play. Everyone was such a badass; it was, like, weird. And I think part of it, too, was that, growing up back then, there weren't tons of records being released, because there were only, like, fifteen labels. And every label put out a few releases every year. So it wasn't, like, thousands and tens of thousands of releases, like there are now. Like, there may be, in any given month, a hundred or two hundred metal releases, and some are on super-small indies and some are self-released. But there's so much material out there. And I think what ended up happening was…" He continued: "Imagine if football, [or] American soccer, imagine if there were ten thousand teams, every team wouldn't have amazing players. But in the Premiership, there's only twenty teams, which siphons out a lot of players that are crap. Only the elite get to play there. So I think back in the '70s, it was almost like, to get to that top level, there was a certain process that you had to go through. Now, were there teen idols that maybe weren't as talented as, say, TOTO or, like, the OHIO PLAYERS or something. Of course, there's always going to be some people that are gonna squeak through, because they have great charisma or personality, but still, those were the exception to the rule. Even Michael Jackson, even though he was a pop star, he could sing his ass off. "In any case, so the idea of [FOZZY] doing something… a cover [on the band's latest album, 'Do You Wanna Start A War']… I suggested [ABBA's] 'S.O.S.', because I thought the song, the verses are really sad. It's a great song, because 'S.O.S.' could have been recorded and written by QUEEN — piano, lovely melody and then the rock part. And I also loved that era because there weren't any rules. Like now, if you're MACHINE HEAD, you couldn't go too far outside of who you were, because there would be some criticism. Because people put you in a category — you are this kind of band and therefore you must do this kind of music. In the '70s, you had Freddie Mercury doing piano ballads and full-on, balls-out rockers and then these really weird ragtime songs and then rockabilly songs. I love that. And I make records like that. And sometimes… It doesn't always get reviewed well, because they'll say, 'Wow. The songs are all over the map.' But those are the bands I grew up with, those are my influences, that's what I love, so…" Ward added: "I always told people: I will make the kind of album you want me to make for five million dollars. You know what I mean?! Just think about it. Going to work, people don't pay you for the work that you do, because most people that go to work, it's generally because they either really like it, and this is their career path, or it's kind of, they just do it to get by and get money. So if you're doing it just to get by and make money, then the paycheck is just to… How much shit will I tolerate for how much money? Do you know what I mean? If you work in a restaurant, you think, 'Hmm. How much money am I gonna make in a night, and is it worth it for the shit I'm gonna have to put up with, slaving over a grill, or being a waiter, or washing dishes?' I've worked in a million restaurants, and that's what I always had to ask myself: How much work am I going to have to put up and what value do I put on that? How much crap am I gonna have to put up with? "I've played with some other people outside of my own bands, but for very short periods of time, because… To play in a really big band that isn't mine, meaning I'd have to play somebody else's music, so I wouldn't really have the emotional connection to it… It would basically be like playing in a covers band, because you'd be covering someone else's song… There'd have to be a check attached to that. And then I would have to assess: how much do I wanna play in that band? How much shit am I gonna have to put up with with these guys? And how much money would it take? "In my own band, I play for free. 'Cause I love it. There's been tours we've done where I've lost money. Where it costs money to go, because I wanna do this tour, and the expenses of going and traveling across America and these huge drives, and having a road crew, and having equipment, and just the cost of gas. And sometimes you make great money. And that's offset by the times that you lose a little bit. I don't even care. "I always tell my manager, I don't care how much money we make. Is it enough that, at the end of the month, what little bills I have, can I get by? And if not, do I have enough saved from the last tour that I can eke by it? "For me, again, it really comes down to, I love playing guitar, I love being in a band, I love making music, I love gigging, I love making records. And when I was 16, I would have paid any amount of money to do it. And I try to keep that in mind — that now that I'm 46, many years down the road, not to lose sight of that passion, of why am I doing it? Having pure motives." "Do You Wanna Start A War" sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on July 22, 2014 via Century Media.

AC/DC's MALCOLM YOUNG Spends $8 Million On Waterfront Property In Sydney Suburb

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:10

According to DailyTelegraph.com.au, AC/DC founder and guitarist Malcolm Young and his wife Linda have spent AUD 10 million (approximately $7.9 million) on a waterfront property in Palm Beach, a northern beachside suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The sale is said to be "the biggest on the northern beaches this year. The five-bedroom home is on an absolute beachfront site of about 520sq m and is among many multimillion-dollar properties in the street." Malcolm Young was forced to leave AC/DC last year because he is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. Dementia can be reversed when it's caused by dehydration or other treatable conditions. But most forms of dementia worsen gradually over time and can't be corrected. According to WebMD, the average survival time for people diagnosed with dementia is about four and a half years. However, those diagnosed before age 70 typically live for a decade or longer. "You just expect that they are going to get better," AC/DC singer Brian Johnson said. "You think there's going to be a pill that's going to fix them. I don't know... You think there's going to be a miracle, and, of course, one day you wake up and realize there isn't, and it hurts." The Sydney Morning Herald reported in September 2014 that Malcolm was being treated in a nursing home in Sydney, Australia. The facility was believed to be Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay. A Young family connection told the newspaper, "If you were in the room with [Malcolm] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care." Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC's new studio album, "Rock Or Bust", which arrived on December 2, 2014. Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.

ABBATH Puts IMMORTAL To Rest, Launches New Band

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:10

2015 will bear witness to the return of Abbath. IMMORTAL's frontman and founding member, whose real name is Olve Eikemo, has been writing and rehearsing fervently, with a deluge of new material ready to be recorded. Unable to come to an agreement in order move forward with the other members of the band, he has formed a new lineup. While grateful and respectful for the contributions of Demonaz, Horgh and Apollyon, Abbath felt the time was now right for him to present his art to the world and continue to evolve the legacy. The next two years will see the release of a new album alongside select live performances. The first of these to be announced is The Forum in London on Friday, September 18. This will be Abbath's first time back on stage in the U.K. since triumphantly headlining Bloodstock festival in 2011 alongside W.A.S.P. and MOTÖRHEAD. Following this, February 2016 will see a return to playing on home soil as the headliner for the prestigious Blastfest in Bergen — on top of a 100 percent Norwegian lineup. ABBATH is a continued weaving of this artist's creative thread: new songs have been honed, ready to sit alongside classic IMMORTAL material and rarely — if ever — played gems that will be unearthed from an epic catalogue spanning over two decades. Using his own name is a natural step for Abbath, having become iconic and synonymous with the band that he co-founded in 1990. That's 25 years of powering face first into the northern wind; a milestone for any band, and rather than exploit it by dragging IMMORTAL's name through the mud, Abbath will instead carry his own on his back. The name of IMMORTAL, for the time being, will rest; the essence, the power, the music — and Abbath — will not. Abbath last year claimed that he rightfully attempted to secure exclusive rights to the IMMORTAL name and logo after lyricist/guitarist Demonaz (real name Harald Nævdal) and drummer Horgh (real name Reidar Horghagen) effectively quit the legendary Norwegian black metal group. IMMORTAL's core trio consisting of Abbath, Demonaz and Horgh has been together since 1996 and has been responsible for crafting the band's last five albums: "Blizzard Beasts" (1997), "At The Heart Of Winter" (1999), "Damned In Black" (2000), "Sons Of Northern Darkness" (2002) and the 2009 reunion album "All Shall Fall".

AMORAL Becomes Six-Piece Following Return Of Original Singer NIKO KALLIOJÄRVI

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:10

Helsinki, Finland-based metallers AMORAL are now a six-piece, having reunited with their original vocalist Niko Kalliojärvi. Kalliojärvi's return has been in the worls since last year, and he will be largely present on the band's seventh studio album, which is currently being written for a tentative early 2016 release. ”Damnation! The AMORAL gigs I've done cameos at during the last few years have been fun experiences, so when I was asked to come back to the group, I was both surprised and excited," Kalliojärvi says. "For musical reasons, but also since I've always been comfortable in said company." Niko continues: "The new lineup lets us realize musical ideas in a whole new way. "The more I've been thinking about it, the more it makes sense. "AMORAL has been broadening its sound pallette throughout its history — [and] now, more than ever, we have a whole pack of aces up our sleeves!" AMORAL guitarist and songwriter Ben Varon also sees the new possibilities that Kalliojärvi's return will bring to the band. "Niko's company felt natural both onstage and backstage, and hearing his voice — which I've always said is one of my all-time favorite growls — on those songs after a long while felt good," Ben says. "And once I realized what a great guitarist Niko is these days, the vision started to get clearer: this would be just the thing to take our musical journey to the next level! Two singers, three guitar players, one of which is now a part-time keyboardist... Things just got interesting!" AMORAL's new lineup will make its live debut at the Tuska festival afterparty at the end of June. The band's sixth album, "Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows", was released in February 2014.

SUN & SAIL CLUB To Release 'The Great White Dope' Album In May

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:10

SUN & SAIL CLUB, the band featuring Bob Balch (FU MANCHU) on guitar, Scott Reeder (FU MANCHU, SMILE) on drums and Scott Thomas Reeder (KYUSS, FIREBALL MINISTRY, THE OBSESSED) on bass, has announced the addition of vocalist and punk legend Tony Adolescent (THE ADOLESCENTS) to the group's ranks. Asked how Tony became part of the equation, Balch said: "On the last record, 'Mannequin', I recorded all the vocals using my guitar and a vocoder. I'm a big fan on KRAFTWERK and BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW and that album reflects that 100%. On this record, I wanted to hear a singer. My first idea was Tony from THE ADOLESCENTS. I grew up listening to them. FU MANCHU covered their song 'Things Start Moving' and he came up and sang it with us in Orange County. I watched that footage and was way into his voice with our sound. Not to mention his lyrics too! He rules." He continued: "I had a few riffs floating around, [but] nowhere near a full record. I contacted Tony and he agreed to sing on the record. He hadn't even heard one note! Once I read that response, I was super pumped and wrote almost the entire record in three hours with his vocals in mind. The end result is a record that is super inspired and aggressive with songs that get right to the point." Regarding the recording process for SUN & SAIL CLUB's new CD, Balch reveals: "I always wanted to make a record that was punk influenced with big drums and fuzzy guitars. Like, what if the BAD BRAINS had to play a set on FU MANCHU's gear? "I sent the tunes to Reeder [drummer] and then drove up to Orange County to demo them. We jammed once and then we were in the studio the following week to track drums and rhythm guitars. We went with our buddy Andrew Giacumakis' studio. He plays in a band named MOAB and we love the tones he gets. He recorded drums and bass on the last FU MANCHU record, 'Gigantoid', as well. From there, I went to 'The Racket Room' to get some vocals with Tony Adolescent and Jim Monroe at the board. Jim recorded guitars on the last FU MANCHU record and recorded THE ADOLESCENTS a bunch of times, so that decision made perfect sense. Then I headed out to the desert to record leads and bass at Scott Reeder's 'Sanctuary.' It was always my intention and always will be my intention to record there. Not only because Reeder gets the best guitar, bass and drum tones ever, but also that way he can watch me fumble through the tracks on bass then annihilate my tracks by recording some of his own." SUN & SAIL CLUB's new album, "The Great White Dope", will be released in May. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Krokodil Dental Plan 02. Dresden Fireball Freakout Flight 03. Baba Yaga Bastard Patrol 04. Migraine With A Chainsaw Reduction 05. Level Up & Shut It Down 06. Fever Blister & The Great White Dope 07. Full Tilt Panic 08. Alien Rant Factory 09. Inside Traitor Outside View 10. Cypherpunk Roulette


BRUCE DICKINSON Is Rocking A Mean Moustache In First Post-Cancer-Surgery Photos

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 04:10

Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of the British heavy metal band IRON MAIDEN and founder of Cardiff Aviation Ltd., is one of the investors involved in unveiling the world's largest aircraft. The Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV), which has been named Airlander, can stay airborne for up to three weeks and will be vital in delivering several tons of humanitarian aid. Bruce, who recently underwent a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology to treat a small cancerous tumor, visited the Hybrid Air Vehicles headquarters this week to help the company out with the media. According to Hybrid Air Vehicles, Dickinson is "fit and well" and is "even sporting a new 'tache, so things are looking up!" Photos taken during Bruce's visit to Hybrid Air Vehicles can be seen below (courtesy of Iron Maiden España). Airlander's ability to change air travel forever is now widely recognized by the public. Not only can Airlander stay in the air for days, it offers incredible fuel efficiency, minimal noise pollution and does not require a runway. Airlander offers a revolutionary alternative to aid distribution, heavy cargo lift, luxury travel, all with minimal impact on the environment. The Airlander uses cutting-edge materials and engineering, is environmentally friendly and innovative. Its ground breaking technology will open up new capacities from delivering humanitarian aid to disaster zones with no runways, to opening up slow travel and unique ways of seeing our precious earth from the skies. Dickinson compared the ship to Thunderbird 2 and described the craft as a "game changer, in terms of things we can have in the air and things we can do." He told Radio 4's "Today" program: "It will be able to cross the Atlantic and launch things right where they need to be." "The airship has always been with us, it's just been waiting for the technology to catch up," Dickinson said. The Airlander's first passenger flight is scheduled for 2016.

COAL CHAMBER's MIGUEL RASCÓN: 'It Feels Like People Still Haven't Lost Faith In Us'

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:10

Adam Kirk of Capital Chaos TV conducted an interview with guitarist Miguel Rascón of COAL CHAMBER, the reformed '90s alt-metal band fronted by current DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara, on March 9 at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the songwriting approach for COAL CHAMBER's comeback album, "Rivals", Miguel said: "When we went into it, we just into it, like, 'Let's write COAL CHAMBER stuff, but updated.' And just go in hungry. Kind of just… heavy and… just balls out, basically. That was the thought process. You know, we tried not to think about it too much. 'Cause if we think about it too much, things sound contrived, things get second-guessed on, and we didn't wanna do that. We just went in and wrote what we do, and that's how it came out… We went in there without going, 'Oh, let's make it sound like the first record.' Or, 'Let's make it sound like this or that. Or this band.'" Rascón also talked about what it has been like for COAL CHAMBER to reunite in 2011 and work toward releasing a new album after being away for so long. "It's amazing to even be part of something… COAL CHAMBER's such a special band to me, and to be part of it still after all these years, and having people respond to it, people commenting on social media… I mean, it feels really good," he said. "We've been broken up… This is our first CD in 13 years, and I think we're getting a lot of really good responses so far. And not playing for that long and then coming back two years ago, people coming to the show, it feels good, man. It feels like people still haven't lost faith in us." "Rivals" will be released on May 19 North America via Napalm. The group's first CD in over thirteen years was recorded in part at Audiohammer studio in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). Support on COAL CHAMBER's current U.S. trek — which runs through April 12 in Dallas, Texas — is coming from FILTER, COMBICHRIST and AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE.