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NEROCROMO MUSIC and Heart Of Steel Records are proud to announce the digital issue of the debut album of true metallers SYMPTOMEN!
The album titled "Men against men" was released in the Brazilian market in the CD version, and now being published all over the world through the best digital stores.
The digital release will be available on digital market in 2015, April 10th on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Music, Nokia, Emusic...
Symptomen is an Heavy Metal band from Tatuí, São Paulo, Brazil, Founded in May 2011.
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STEEL PANTHER Teams Up With PLAYBOY To Reimagine 'Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World' Video
STEEL PANTHER started out as a glam rock parody group called METAL SKOOL that performed an insanely popular night on the Sunset Strip. Every musician and A-list celebrity in Los Angeles wanted to sit in on their crazy, anything-goes shows. Because of their raunchy videos, they've become legitimate Internet stars on YouTube and have traveled the world bringing their personas to countries that probably weren't aware of the tongue-n-cheek nature of their performances. Yes, there's a bass player who holds a mirror on stage to always check his hair and a lead singer who invites his fans to come on stage and go topless for romantic love songs. Playboy gave free rein to director Sean Barrett, the creator of Andy Milonakis's surreal hip-hop videos and a STEEL PANTHER superfan, to reimagine the song "Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World". He created a video where a badass Playmate space goddess (Miss September 2009 Kim Phillips) is bent on destroying STEEL PANTHER and lobs comets at them, all while they try to accept their fate along with their dinosaur, viking and pigeon friends. A kick-ass video featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World" can also be seen below.
JIMMY PAGE On LED ZEPPELIN Reunion: 'I Can't Foresee Doing It Again'
In a brand new interview with The Daily Beast, LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page was asked why the band didn't continue in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, and why he doesn't expect them to reunite again as they did at London's O2 in 2007. "LED ZEPPELIN was a creative force that you can't just snap your fingers and create," he responded. "It was a blend of these four master musicians, and each of us were important to the sum total of what the band was. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn't there, the others would have made the same decision not to carry on. Besides, we couldn't just get somebody in there and say, 'Do this, this way?' That wouldn't have been honest or of the same creative nature that we had always striven for. And it's why we still have only done it properly once." He continued: "We tried [to reunite] a few times. It always seemed to be done in a hurry and it never worked. That's why the O2 show was done with such intent. We rehearsed loads so that Jason —John's son — felt like he was part of the band and not just some novelty. We all needed it to be that way. But I can't foresee doing it again, because we all have to agree and agree for the right reasons." LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant last year mocked Page's remarks regarding Plant's on-again, off-again interest in a LED ZEPPELIN reunion. Page, who was promoting the deluxe reissues of the first three ZEPPELIN albums, came out and blamed Plant for being the bandmember thwarting any hopes of a ZEPPELIN reunion tour. During a lengthy interview with The New York Times, Page said, "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don't sing, so I can't do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn't it?" During Plant's press conference in Morocco to publicize his side band, the SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS' shows, Plant addressed Page's comments, saying, "He needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again. We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don't speak on the same page, but that's life."
OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT: 'I Didn't Know The Metal Scene Was So Conservative'
Arte conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH at this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which is taking place this weekend in Wacken, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about his early musical influences and the evolution of OPETH's sound, Mikael said: "On a very early stage, I was interested in progressive rock, because it was a form of music that I had never heard, really. I didn't know it existed until I started digging around the record shops and stumbled on bands like KING CRIMSON, YES and GENESIS — those types of bands. And that's also where I found my own voice, so to speak, my own kind of musicality. Even if I was a death metalhead, or a metalhead, something clicked with me with that type of music, because there was no limitations. And that's the way I like it, if you know what I mean." He continued: "I think limitations on music [are] ugly and wrong. And I didn't know the metal scene was so conservative, but it really is. But we have been struggling… We certainly haven't been an overnight sensation, this band — we did things and people were, like, 'What are they doing? Why aren't they heavy all the time?' But that doesn't really have anything to do with music for me. I love the heavy stuff, but I also love the soft stuff and the complicated stuff and the simple stuff. So I want everything in… I think it kind of makes sense." Mikael added: "I made the choice a long time ago to be a musician and to put all my energy into being a musician, and I don't wanna restrict myself because we're supposed to fit in somewhere. So progressive rock, and the kind of discovery of progressive rock, helped me, like I said, to find my own style, and to this day, I still think that we have… We're pretty much on our own. There's other bands who are progressive, so to speak, but I think we're on our own, which I like." Asked for his opinion about some OPETH fans' position that Mikael should have started a side project under a new name instead of taking the band completely away from the death metal-tinged sounds of OPETH's early albums, Åkerfeldt told Lady Obscure: "Well, I mean… It doesn't really work like that, does it? First and foremost, people can have their opinions. It doesn't mean we'll follow it. We love our fans, [and] we respect them, but we're a band first and foremost. I never felt that… Whatever we do with this band, whatever ends up being OPETH is OPETH, because it's us. And that argument kind of fails in that sense… How does that work with Joni Mitchell [or] David Bowie? For solo artists who have a sound. Should they change their name? It's just a random and, I think, a bit ignorant and stupid comment, to be honest. I think it's easier if [the fans] just stop listening to it. I think the best solution is that they stop listening to it if they don't like it." During an interview with Australia's The Rockpit, Mikael spoke about the sharp musical turn OPETH took with 2011's "Heritage" album and its follow-up release, 2014's "Pale Communion". He said: "I do understand and appreciate that 'Heritage' was a little bit of a shock to fans who are more into the heavy, death metal type of sound, and maybe it's a bit much to expect them to take it all in so we got a bit of shit for that record. I love that album with a passion, because, for me, it was natural, but I have seen that with the coming of the 'Pale Communion' record that people come up to me and say, 'I did not like 'Heritage' when it came out, but when you put out 'Pale Communion', I finally understood 'Heritage' and now I'm starting to like it.' So I'm hoping it's going to escalate into a love for that record." He continued: "People have been more gentle with us with 'Pale Communion' coming out, but there is still... Like, I don't have social media, I don't correspond with the fans in that sense, so I don't really get a lot of the confrontations about what the hell we are doing. My overall response to that question would be that people might be getting used to and maybe understand a little bit better about what we are trying to do. And, for me, that is good, of course. I never had a problem. For me, it was never a big step. For everybody in the band, it was not a massive thing for us to do 'Heritage', but I do accept that it might have been too curvy of a curveball for people who are not in the band, but now it's starting to calm down a little bit."
UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER To Embark On Special ACCEPT 'Farewell' Tour In 2016
Former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. singer Udo Dirkschneider will embark on a special tour next year during which he will perform ACCEPT songs one last time before he closes the chapter for good. The 62-year-old German singer revealed his plans at a press conference in the VIP tent of this weekend's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. During this ACCEPT "farewell" tour — which he will perform under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner (not U.D.O.)— Dirkschneider will only showcase songs from the Udo era of ACCEPT. The German rock staple will close a huge chapter of music history forever. In the early '80s, the Solingen-raised singer skyrocketed to worldwide acclaim with the band ACCEPT and with his unmistakable voice, he had several hits such as "Balls To The Wall" and "Princess Of The Dawn". Now he has announced that he will perform these much-loved hits on this special tour one more time before he removes them from the setlist forever. "I still love singing these songs live," Dirkschneider says. "The songs still are an important part of my catalog and still suit my voice very well. But at some point in your life, it's just time to close the chapter. There has been so much talk and speculation about ACCEPT, so I just want to give my last definitive musical statement about it and give my fans a chance to see me perform a complete concert of these songs one last time on stage." After this tour, Udo will only play songs from his extensive library of U.D.O. material. Following his dismissal from ACCEPT in the late '80s, he garnered many classic hits with his new band in a long and successful career, such as "Animal House", "Timebomb" and "Man And Machine". "There is enough high-quality [U.D.O.] material to fill a two-hour set with no problem," says Dirkschneider. "U.D.O. has been the band where I belong for 18 years and I want to pay tribute to them from now on." In a January 2015 interview with the "Lokaos Rock Show", Udo was asked how it felt for him to see ACCEPT continue with a new singer (ex-TT QUICK frontman Mark Tornillo) as his replacement. He responded: "What can I say? I mean, I [went to see] a show of ACCEPT in Hamburg [in October 2014], and I was a little bit disappointed. It was without any emotion. For me, there was no band on stage. Playing-wise, it was okay, but it was without any emotion. It was automatic — like, do it and then go." Pressed by The Rock Online if he is bothered by the fact that ACCEPT took the pole position in Germany for the first time with an album (2014's "Blind Rage") that features Mark Tornillo on vocals, Udo responded: "Let's say it this way. I mean, I know the business, I know how everything works, you know. I mean, they were changing the release date [of the album in order to insure that it would place high on the chart]. Normally, it was planned [to be out] one month before [in July 2014], but it was the same time that JUDAS PRIEST was coming out [with 'Redeemer Of Souls']. I mean, I know the business behind [the decision to push the release date back]. You know, and then they moved it to August. August, normally nothing is happening [in terms of big releases coming out]. [It was a] really clever [move] by the record company. I mean, I know how much albums it sold to [land] on the first… to be Number One in Germany. So that's the whole thing behind the scenes. I mean, of course, it's good if they have a Number One. It's, like, yeah, the press [reacts very enthusiastically]: 'Wow...!'" Udo also revealed more details behind his decision to purchase a ticket to see the most recent touring lineup of ACCEPT perform live on October 4, 2014 at Docks in Hamgburg, Germany during the European leg of the "Blind Rage" tour. "Yeah, I can tell this: I mean, I was in Hamburg. I was waiting for the guy to pick me up for the mixing [of the new U.D.O. album 'Decadent']," he said. "And then I was buying a ticket — this is true — I was buying a ticket to see the [ACCEPT] show in Hamburg at the Docks. Yeah, really! [laughs] And it was, for me, very interesting." He continued: "I wanted to see it once live, you know, what they're doing on stage. And let's say it in this way: I was… I cannot really explain it. It was like something like… It was, for me, nothing… like there was no band on stage, you know. For me, it was like they were playing everything without emotion. They [didn't] look [at] each other. It was something, you know, it was like just, 'Okay, here we go... Be finished and go!' And, okay, in a way… It was sold out. But I thought the reaction of the people... Let's say, the most reaction was when they did the old songs. Of course. So, but, you know, and the singer [Mark Tornillo]… In a way, he's a good singer, but when he has to sing all the old ACCEPT stuff, I feel very sorry for him. This is a nightmare. "I don't wanna say anything bad, you know, but it was really, like… I was, like, really, 'What are they doing there!?' I mean, I thought they really [would perform]... yeah, let's say, really with energy and really with, you know, emotion. But this was like something… Okay… There was nothing… There was not a band, for me, on stage. So, but now I saw this, and I wish them all the best." Udo added: "For me, it was really important to… I wanted really… I had the chance [and] wanted to see [the current version of ACCEPT perform] live. And it was very important for me. And now I know what I wanna know from this band, you know, and then I say, 'Okay, I saw it with my own eyes, I hear everything.' That's it."
BIOHAZARD's DANNY SCHULER: 'I Don't Understand How People Could Just Steal Music'
Mick Burgess of Metal Express Radio conducted an interview with BIOHAZARD drummer Danny Schuler on July 6 in Newcastle, England. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On BIOHAZARD's forthcoming follow-up to 2012's "Reborn In Defiance" album: "We've got a bunch of songs, and we're still working on it. We should be getting it done pretty soon, I think." On where BIOHAZARD gets inspiration for new songs: "Life. I mean, like everybody else — just like everybody else — things happen in life that can motivate you or inspire you or frustrate you, can instigate you. So there's always those things going on in our lives, so we never run out of material, we never run out of motivation, I guess." On BIOHAZARD's current bassist/vocalist Scott Roberts, who replaced Evan Seinfeld in 2011: "Scott's great. He likes to get to work and actually be a part of it, which is nice, 'cause it didn't use to be like that. It's great having Scott as a part of the band. He's really come into his own. It's difficult for him to do what he does… in the eyes of a lot of people, it's very difficult. It's a hard job. But he does a great job." On how the music business has changed since BIOHAZARD started in the late 1980s: "I think the bands have an opportunity now to take back the business from those that they think haven't done a good job promoting their music or whatever. You know, a partnership with a record company to physically produce the music and distribute it can be a good idea if you can make it work. I'm not anti-record company, but the way the music business now is, it's very difficult to make money selling records, [because] people don't buy 'em anymore. Which is crazy to me, because I never stopped buying records — I've always bought records — and now I just buy 'em… you know, I buy MP3s and I have it on my iPod. I mean, I still buy all my music. I couldn't imagine how… I don't understand how people could just steal music. I just don't do that. I don't know… Like, a band like LED ZEPPELIN doesn't need the money, but if they put something out, like they did recently, I buy it. You know, I buy. You support the bands. I also like the convenience of just having it on my iPod. But, like, my friends' bands, I buy every one of 'em. If I wanna support them and hear their music, I don't ask for a free copy. I go buy it. I don't understand that whole thing — how you can justify stealing music." Interview (audio):
COREY TAYLOR: Video Footage Of Entire Chicago Discussion And Acoustic Performance
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor released his third book, "You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left", on July 7 via Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. The book acts as a commentary on society and pop culture and has been described as "Taylor's take on Peter Griffin's 'You Know What Really Grinds My Gears'." Taylor promoted the book with a combination of bookstore events and a solo tour which were one-of-a-kind shows featuring readings from the book, acoustic performance, and audience discussion. Fan-filmed video footage of Taylor's entire July 11 appearance at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, Illinois can be seen below. Taylor said that his original title — which the publisher refused to allow him to use — was "You're Making Me Hate You (Or How Justin Bieber Sucked A Million Dicks To Make His Money)". Taylor's last book, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven", was published in the summer of 2013 and landed at No. 23 on the New York Times "Hardcover Non-Fiction" best sellers list. His first book, 2011's "Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good", also made the list at No. 26.
SLAYER's KERRY KING Didn't Realize 'Repentless' Wasn't A Word In English Language
Sofia Samrad of DCW50 conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King and drummer Paul Bostaph at a recent stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can watch the report below. Asked about the title of SLAYER's forthcoming album, "Repentless", Kerry said: "I made [the word] up. I didn't realize I made it up. I mean, it seemed like a word to me, and then I looked it up and it wasn't there. [Laughs]" He continued: "To me, 'repentless,' you know, is, basically, having no regrets, not looking back and saying, 'I wish I should have done things differently.' 'Repentless' is meaning I have no reason to repent." Asked if there is anything that stands out that he wishes he would have done, Kerry said: "No, I like where we're at. I mean, if I said anything, I'd probably wish I would have paid more attention in the '90s, but we got past it." The "Repentless" title track is an ode to SLAYER's late guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013. "I call it the Hannemanthem!" King said of the song. "I wrote that for Jeff. Oh, dude, it's fast as fuck. You don't know what the fuck's coming!" He added: "It's my perspective of Jeff's perspective. It's what I think... If Jeff wrote a song for himself, 'Repentless' would be it." SLAYER's eleventh studio album, "Repentless", will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN.
QUEENSRŸCHE's Forthcoming Album 'Condition Hüman' Will Appeal To Both Old And New Fans, Says Singer
Arte conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield and singer Todd La Torre at this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which is taking place this weekend in Wacken, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On QUEENSRŸCHE's current linup: Scott: "In the last three years, we went through some great changes in the band. We had to make a transition and do some things for the band to get QUEENSRŸCHE up on top and making the music that is important to QUEENSRŸCHE and to the QUEENSRŸCHE. And that transition involved us hooking up with our good buddy Todd. Todd's been in the band now for over three years with us. And we have a chemistry together. We needed to find somebody that could work with us and support the QUEENSRŸCHE legacy and then make new music with us." Todd: "I've become very close with everyone in the band. And I was a huge fan of QUEENSRŸCHE since I was [in my] early teens. So I understand both sides — one, being in the band now; and two, from a fan's perspective. There's just been kind of a new energy that the band seems to have. That's what a lot of the fans seem to say, and our peers, and even the three original guys in the band. So, you know, we're just having a great time, and I'm just doing the best that I can for the guys in the band and the fans first." Scott: "QUEENSRŸCHE is back making music that we wanna make, and the fans are enjoying it. And we're just gonna keep doing it. We have a new record that's done right now. It's coming out in the next couple of months. And we're just gonna keep supporting that around the world, playing shows and having fun." On QUEENSRŸCHE's new album, "Condition Hüman", which will be released on October 2 via Century Media: "There's a diversity on the album that I think really appeals to the old, the true QUEENSRŸCHE fans from the [first] EP days, even to new, current fans that the band is getting, but it still maintains the continuity of the QUEENSRŸCHE sound, but with a fresh approach today, which is a tricky thing — to have a band like QUEENSRŸCHE, with that many years behind them, to create music that still sounds rooted, with the dynamics and the writing style that the band has, while also sounding current. And I think that this album really does reflect that. And so we're just really excited for the fans to hear the new release coming up." "Condition Hüman" was recorded in part at at Uberbeatz Studio in Washington with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, HATEBREED, SOULFLY and SHADOWS FALL.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Interviewed By THE RAVE TV (Video)
The Rave TV's Alex Stafford conducted an interview with Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE before the band's July 31 concert at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can now watch the chat below. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach recently finished laying down vocals on five songs for the band's forthcoming seventh full-length album. The follow-up to 2013's "Disarm The Descent" is tentatively due in early 2016 via Roadrunner. Leach wrote in a post on Instagram: "[I am] pretty stoked on the song I just finished. It turned out to be quite unique sonically and lyrically. It's an ode to the road, the trials and triumphs, the friendships and long-distance love." He continued: "So far this record has a little bit of everything, and I couldn't be happier with it. [I am] also pushing my voice to higher registers and allowing the grit to come through, which definitely suits my style as a vocalist. "The topics are pretty heavy so far on the first four (even though they are all very different from each other,) so this one rounds it out with a more uptempo sing-along feel (almost punk rock meets '80s metal riffs with double bass for good measure)." Jesse added: "I truly hope KILLSWITCH ENGAGE fans of all types will be able to find something they dig on this record. That being said, so far I truly feel I've put my everything into this record." A KILLSWITCH ENGAGE concert film shot on October 31, 2014 at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts will be included on the band's next DVD release, tentatively due before the end of the year. The performance footage was filmed by the direction team of Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci (FEAR FACTORY, MESHUGGAH) using five Canon C300 cameras outfitted with Zeiss Prime Super Speed Lenses. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE recently finished recording a new song, "Loyalty", that is featured on the mixtape for HBO's hit fantasy series "Game Of Thrones".
GUNS N' ROSES Drummer FRANK FERRER: AXL ROSE Is 'One Of The Greatest Living Rock Stars In The History Of Music'
GUNS N' ROSES drummer Frank Ferrer was interviewed by rock journalist Mitch Lafon for a recent edition of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast (Facebook page). You can now listen to using the Spreaker widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he is still a member of GUNS N' ROSES: "I am a member of GUNS. [GUNS N' ROSES singer] Axl [Rose] and I text all the time. But, yeah, I am a member of GUNS, and GUNS still exists." On GUNS N' ROSES' current status as a band: "Well, the best way to answer that is [to say] that GUNS has a future. GUNS definitely has a lot of moving parts, and there's a lot of things in the works. And once we're ready to announce something, the whole world will know. But everything is moving forward." On when GUNS N' ROSES will play out again: "As of right now, we don't have anything booked, but I'm hearing rumors that there probably might be stuff towards the end of this year [or] beginning of next year, but there's nothing booked as of yet." On why it took Axl Rose so long to release GUNS N' ROSES' last album, "Chinese Democracy": "I guess the only thing I can say is he wasn't ready, he just wasn't ready, to put it out. He didn't feel like it was completely done. It’s his baby, and he wanted it to be perfect. Still today, even today, he wants everything to come off just right. And that's a lot of pressure to put on yourself. And he deals with it in his own way. He is probably one of the greatest living rock stars in the history of music, and they're becoming rare, as you know. I mean, think of a rock star in the last fifteen years that's popped up. You can't think of anybody. Everybody's still… NINE INCH NAILS is still headlining festivals, and SOUNDGARDEN, and ALICE IN CHAINS. It's, like, there's nobody out there. And Axl puts that pressure on himself. That's a lot of pressure. He just wants it to be right. That's the only thing I can say: he wants everything to be just right. That's who he is. That's what every artist is. They're perfectionists in their own right. Very rarely… For every one great song you hear, they've written sixty songs that probably are great, but they don't feel are great. That's the way they think. He has a lot of pressure on him." Guitarist D.J. Ashba issued a statement on Monday (July 27) announcing that he was leaving GUNS N' ROSES. Ashba joined GUNS N' ROSES in March 2009 following the departure of Robin Finck. Although Ashba and other members of GUNS N' ROSES have hinted in the last year that recording and touring plans were on tap for 2015, none have materialized. Meanwhile, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal recently revealed that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in GUNS N' ROSES. He has stopped short, however, of saying that he was no longer a member of the band. Asked by journalist Gary Graff to clarify his status with GUNS, Thal said: "That is the thing I am not to elaborate on. I think there's enough clues out there for you to figure out what I'm up to now."