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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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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:10

Fan-filmed video footae of the Stockholm, Sweden-based progressive metal band SEVENTH WONDER, which features in its ranks current KAMELOT singer Tommy Karevik, performing on September 12 at the ProgPower USA XV festival in Atlanta, Georgia can be seen below. SEVENTH WONDER's fourth CD, "The Great Escape", was released in December 2010 via Lion Music. After he was officially announced as the new KAMELOT singer in June 2012, Karevik stated about his position in SEVENTH WONDER: "I will not leave SEVENTH WONDER! The SEVENTH WONDER guys and all of you fantastic and supportive fans out there will not get rid of me so easily! I love you all and you are the reason I got to where I am today! We are already working on some stuff for the next SEVENTH WONDER album and really can't wait to show it to you all!" SEVENTH WONDER is: Andreas Blomqvist - Bass Johan Liefvendahl - Guitar Tommy Karevik - Vocals Andreas Söderin - Keyboards Stefan Norgren - Drums

Video Premiere: AMARANTHE's 'Drop Dead Cynical'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:10

"Drop Dead Cynical", the new video from Gothenburg, Sweden's AMARANTHE, which is known for fusing melodic metal with elements of EDM, can be seen below. The clip was once again helmed by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB, who has previously worked with HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE, LACUNA COIL and IN FLAMES, among many others. "We can now finally unleash the 'Drop Dead Cynical' video, directed by master director Patric Ullaeus," AMARANTHE guitarist Olof Mörck said. "It is energetic, bombastic and explosive, just like you have come to expect from AMARANTHE's videos, and the powerful delivery of the song is accentuated by the martial combat throughout the video. As always, you are in for a visual treat; more than 15 MMA fighters, cheerleaders and enough flames to light the heavens on fire! Get ready to be entertained!" "Drop Dead Cynical" is taken from AMARANTHE's third album, "Massive Addictive", which will be released on October 21 via Spinefarm Records. "Massive Addictive" is true to its title. The band's signature, larger-than-life sound, comprised of kinetic riffing, pulsating beats and celestial, melodic choruses, remains in tact, but the album finds AMARANTHE continuing to explore a range of dynamics and with a willingness to push themselves even further. "Massive Addictive" was tracked at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, EPICA) at the helm. The 12-song album is a flawlessly executed clinic of masterfully and carefully crafted European metal, boasting Olof Mörck's surgically precise riffs and soaring solos alongside Morten Løwe Sørensen's rhythmic thrust and Johan Andreassen's booming low-frequency assault. Elize Ryd's vocals are as emotive and empowering as ever, filling the room, while Jake E's melodic vocals are an outpouring of power. New screamer Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson puts his stamp on the material, as well. The sound is both massive and addictive, from the unforgettable, driving sounds of "Drop Dead Cynical" to the anthemic title track to the stadium-sized soar of "Digital World" to the emotionally haunting power semi-ballad "True". "Massvive Addictive" is an exercise in dynamics and is one that refuses to play by any sort of genre-specific, prescribed rules. "We have lived and breathed this album every hour and every day the last year, and to know that this music is about to reach everyone's ears is beyond exciting," guitarist Mörck enthused about "Massive Addictive". "Following the first leg of the 'Nexus' world tour, we sat down and agreed that we wanted the next album to be really fresh, new and even to raise a few eyebrows, all while retaining our signature sound." He continued, "'Massive Addictive' is in every way that huge leap forward we wanted to achieve and the album definitely contain our strongest song writing to date. The press often asks us to 'describe the album with three words'; this time, the answer is simple — it's MASSIVE, it's ADDICTIVE, and most importantly, it's AMARANTHE!" "Massive Addictive" track listing: 01. Dynamite 02. Drop Dead Cynical 03. Trinity 04. Massive Addictive 05. Digital World 06. True 07. Unreal 08. Over and Done 09. Danger Zone 10. Skyline 11. An Ordinary Abnormality 12. Exhale


THE CROWN To Release 'Death Is Not Dead' Album In January

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:10

Reactivated Swedish death/thrash metallers THE CROWN will celebrate their 25th anniversary with the release of a new studio album, "Death Is Not Dead". The CD's cover artwork was created by Björn Gosses of Killustrations and can be seen below. Says the band: "So, what's new in THE CROWN camp? Well, in just a few months we are celebrating our 25th anniversary in the name of death metal. "Can you believe it? 25 years filled with blood, sweat and tears and one hell of a pile of good albums to be really proud of. "But this celebration is not only to look back and be nostalgic. It's also to embrace the very bright future of this band. We feel great at the moment and we will make 2015 the best year so far. "Do you wanna join the ride? Well, then don't hesitate to continue to read. "We know that a lot of you folks out there have waited and waited for some new shit but guess what!? The wait is over. "For the past two years, we have worked really hard writing and recording our new album, 'Death Is Not Dead', and it's finally ready to be unleashed upon mankind January 12, 2015. "'Death Is Not Dead' is something that we're extremely proud of. We truly hope that you will dig it and give it the support that it needs and deserves. We have definitely done our best to produce a death metal classic. "For those who can't wait for 2015, we will release our very first seven-inch single ever with the track 'Headhunter' on October 27, limited to 1000 copies. Pre-orders start on September 29. B side for this single will be our version of 'Unfit Earth', originally recorded by NAPALM DEATH." "Death Is Not Dead" track listing: 01. Reign 02. Headhunter 03. Iblis Bane 04. Eternal (PARADISE LOST cover) 05. Struck By Lightning 06. Speed Kills (Full Moon Ahead) 07. Herd Of Swine 08. Horrid Ways 09. Ride To Ruin 10. Meduseld 11. Godeater Bonus CD on limited digipack edition: 01. We Come In Peace (Piece by Piece) 02. Agent Orange (SODOM cover) In other news, THE CROWN has parted ways with drummer Janne Saarenpää. Says the band: "Janne Saarenpää decided to focus on other things for a time not specified. We truly respect his wishes and support him on his new adventures. Although there will always be an open spot for him in this band, so if he decides to come back he is more than welcome. So we wish him good luck for the future and would like to thank him for everything in the past. Our live situation will therefore look a bit different, but we have that covered already. More info on that when time comes." THE CROWN last year announced the addition of guitarist Robin Sörqvist (IMPIOUS) to the group's ranks. THE CROWN played its first concert with returning vocalist Johan Lindstrand on May 5, 2012 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden. This marked the band's first appearance in Gothenburg in 12 years and was the group's only show in Sweden that year. THE CROWN's last album, "Doomsday King", came out in September 2010 via Century Media Records. The CD was the group's first — and only — release to feature vocalist Jonas Stålhammar. "Headhunter" teaser (audio):

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ACE FREHLEY Announces Lineup Of His Touring Band

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:10

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced the touring lineup for the first leg of his first U.S. shows in four years. The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee has tapped none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace's "Trouble Walking" platter in 1989, and will do so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach. On bass and vocals will be Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger's 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley's new album, "Space Invader", on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL. Finally, Scot Coogan will be behind the drum kit for Frehley's upcoming tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace's band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON. "I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer," Scot said. "When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again." Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER's self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta. Says Frehley: "I can't wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I'll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, 'Space Invader', for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!" Matt Starr, the featured drummer on "Space Invader", will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "Space Invader", the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27. "Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker".

RUSH To Release 'R40' 40th-Anniversary Collectors Box Set In DVD And Blu-Ray

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:10

Canadian rock legends RUSH will release a special "R40" video box set on six Blu-ray discs or ten DVDs this coming November to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The set features live footage spanning all four decades of the band's career, including over two hours of unreleased material, a rare performance of entire seven-part version of "2112", three unreleased tracks from the 1974 vault plus RUSH's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of RUSH's eponymous debut album in 1974. This superb collector's box set brings together live performances by RUSH from each decade of their career. It includes "Rush In Rio", "R30", "Snakes & Arrows Live", "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and "Clockwork Angels Tour" plus a bonus disc of previously unseen and unreleased live material stretching from 1974 to 2013. To the delight of fans, the bonus disc will include all eight songs from the Laura Secord Secondary School show in 1974 which features original drummer John Rutsey. That recording includes two RUSH originals "I've Been Runnin'" and "The Loser", as well as their cover of Larry William's "Bad Boy", made famous by THE BEATLES. The bonus discus also features five songs from songs from the Capitol Theatre in 1976 such as "Anthem" and "Lakeside Park", the rarely performed full, seven-part version of "2112" filmed in 1997, "Lock And Key" from the "Hold Your Fire" tour, as well as footage from the glorious evening when RUSH fans got their beloved band inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. RUSH are renowned for the energy and excitement of their live concerts and this set brings together some of their finest performances. The ten DVD (or six Blu-ray) discs are contained in a stunning 52-page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm with the ten discs contained in five additional rigid insert pages each holding two discs. The 52 pages of the book are filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of RUSH live in concert. This is the ultimate collection of RUSH live performances, beautifully presented. For more information, including the complete track listing, visit Rush.com.


SLIPKNOT Struggled To Find 'Exact Wording' For New Album Dedication To Late Bassist

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:10

SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor says that the band wanted to pay tribute to its late bassist Paul Gray with the group's fifth studio album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", but struggled to get the right wording for the CD title. "We had a handful of [ideas] that we were kind of bandying about," Taylor told Mistress Carrie of the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF. "And me and Clown [percussionist Shawn Crahan] were talking about… We just kind of got on the phone together, and it was, like, 'Look, what do you think?' And we went back and forth a handful of times until we both kind of hit on the title. And we both sat back and we were, like, 'That's it. That feels really, really good.' 'Cause we knew there was gonna be a dedication to Paul there. We didn't know how to do it, we didn't have the exact wording until we both kind of sat down and shot it back and forth and really got to the point where we knew we had the title." According to Taylor, the lyrics on ".5: The Gray Chapter" deal with many of the emotions, including denial and acceptance, that he and his bandmates felt in the four years since Gray was found dead in an Iowa hotel room after accidentally overdosing of morphine and fentanyl. "Just from a lyrical standpoint, I knew that there were gonna be a handful of songs about Paul," Corey said. "Because we miss him, we love him. But I also knew that in order to tell this correctly, we were gonna have to come at it from a very emotional point of view, and that meant facing some of the emotions that we had dealt with over the last four years, whether it was guilt, anger… Because there is a natural progression that happens before you kind of reach that point of acceptance. And there's nobody really there to coach you through it. And, in fact, this band, we didn't even talk about it until we got into the studio. I mean, even on the road, we were just kind of ducking our head and getting through it and doing what we could for each other. But until we got into the studio, until some of the guys started reading what I was writing, we hadn't talked about it, we hadn't talked about what we had all gone through indivudally. And when we did that, it opened up so much for us that it then became music without fear. Because we all knew we had each other's back. There's some songs about that on there as well. 'Cause some of the stuff was written in the studio. So there's a lot of pain here. But at the same time, it's because you're going through these roller coasters of emotion and you're trying to get a handle on them until you just, basically, kind of resign yourself to the point where you're not gonna get a handle on it until you let yourself feel it. And that's what it comes down to." SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root, who composed much of the music for ".5: The Gray Chapter", told Revolver magazine that Gray influenced the songwriting process for the new CD. "It's weird, man," Root said. "I'm not a very spiritual person, and the whole religion thing, I'm kind of on the fence about a lot of that stuff. So when somebody loses someone who's close to them and says that they're still with them, I've always thought that was bullshit or whatever. But I was out in the garage and working on an arrangement for a song that turned into either 'The Devil In I' or 'Sarcastrophe'. Normally when I write, I throw down the first thing I come up with, then I double it, then I throw a bass on it, and then I put the drums around it. But on this arrangement, I noticed that I wasn't just throwing the riff down — I was trying different variations on it, trying different positions on the neck, and thinking about melodies while coming up with what the chord progression was going to be… "I suddenly realized, 'Fuck, man! That's what Paul used to do!' Paul was so meticulous. He would overthink everything, even if it was just how to get from one chord to the next chord. He would explore every possibility on the fretboard, especially if he was writing it on the guitar. And it made me go, He's here, man — he's helping me write this shit! And it blew my fucking mind. I had to put my guitar down, and I put my head in my hands. I was like, 'You fucker!'" ".5: The Gray Chapter" will be released on October 21 via Roadrunner. It is SLIPKNOT's first without album without Gray and drummer Joey Jordison, who was fired from the band in December. The identities of the band's new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask — in the video for "The Devil In I", the first single from the new album. Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro "Vman" Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video. SLIPKNOT's new drummer is thought to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.

ROB ZOMBIE Guitarist JOHN 5 Says His Upcoming Pay-Per-View Concert Will Be 'Cool'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:10

On October 18, former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 will play his first-ever solo concert, bringing his twisted musical visions to life as he performs songs spanning his entire solo career including, live tracks from his new studio album, "Careful With That Axe", released this past August through 60 Cycle Hum. The event will be hosted by Chris Broderick of MEGADETH and will see John 5 backed by THE CREATURES consisting of Rodger Carter (drums) and Larry "Bones" Dennison (bass; DIO, TONY MACALPINE, LITA FORD). This live online experience allows the audience personal time with John 5 in an in-depth question-and-answer session in real time, which Broderick will moderate. The audience will also have a chance to win unique giveaways throughout the show for the Top 13 supporters, including a signed John 5 Squire Telecaster, several signed BOSS pedals and other cool signed gifts. This event will be broadcast online only, on October 18, 2014, across three time zones; The Americas at 7:00 p.m. (PST); Europe at 7:00 p.m. (BST); and the Pacific Rim at 7:00 p.m. (HKT). This pay-per-view event goes on sale September 18. This will not be archived for later viewing, so get your tickets before it sells out. Details can be found at www.john-5.com. Speaking to Rock Hard Live at this past weekend's Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California, John 5 said (see video below): "I'm gonna do three concerts 'cause of three different time zones — one for America and Canada, one for Europe and one for Japan and Australia. It's totally live and you can ask questions. It's gonna be kind of set up like 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno', but with a lot of music. Actually, the guys that are putting it on worked on 'The Tonight Show' the whole time and the Johnny Carson show. So it's funny. It's gonna be cool."

VINNIE PAUL: People Really Have To Come To Grips With The Fact That PANTERA Is Over

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:10

During a recent interview with Ant May of PlanetMosh, former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott was once again asked about the possibility of a hypothetical PANTERA reunion featuring Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) filling in for the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on guitar. "It's been answered a million times, and I'll answer it again," Vinnie said (hear audio below). "Without Dimebag Darrell, there is no reunion. And that's all there is to it. We were a very influential band, and we touched millions and millions of people with that band, but it's over. People really have to come to grips with that, and that's all there is to it. If all of us were still here, then the possibility would truly be there, but since it's not, you know… It's selfish of the fans to want something that they can't have. And they don't ever understand that, and I get it. There's things I want in this world too. You know, people in fucking hell want ice water, but they're not gonna get it. So… Anyways, I'm glad that the people who have decided to follow me in HELLYEAH do, and hopefully more of them will. And the ones that wanna live in the past are gonna live in the past." Vinnie was similarly dismissive about the prospect of a PANTERA reunion when he spoke to Germany's EMP Rock Invasion earlier in the year. He said: "It's unfortunate that people go, 'Oh, wow, man, they can get Zakk Wylde to jump up there on stage and it's PANTERA again.' No, it's not, you know. It's not that simple. If Eddie Van Halen was to get shot in the head four times next week, would everybody be going, 'Hey, man, Zakk, go play for VAN HALEN. Just call it VAN HALEN.' You see what I'm saying? I mean, it's really selfish for people to think that, and it's stupid. It's not right at all." He continued: "They call it a reunion for a reason. It's called bringing the original members back to what it was. So there's a lot of these things that they call reunions that aren't really reunions. They've got one dude from the band floating around in them, you know. That's not a true reunion. With PANTERA, it'll never be possible." Asked if he ever feels pressure with HELLYEAH to live up to the immense legacy of PANTERA, Vinnie said: "Never, because it's a different band. If you played for a soccer team and you get traded to another soccer team, you're gonna kick ass for that soccer team just like you did the other one. You may not achieve the same goals, or you may achieve higher goals; you never know. But that's what happens when you change teams and do different things." Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie and former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004. Vinnie, who is Dimebag's brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag's death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag's killer. Haney told the producers of "Behind The Music Remastered: Pantera" that she forgave the singer after they found themselves unexpectedly face to face at a concert in California. Interview (audio):

PAPA ROACH's JACOBY SHADDIX Says His Uncle Gave Him Herpes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:10

Hit The Floor magazine sat down with Jacoby Shaddix of PAPA ROACH at last month's Reading festival in England to give him the "HTF Firsts" treatment. Jacoby talked about kissing his uncle, the demise of Banooch the dog, and why he decided to smash his back into a nail. Check out the clip below. On his first kiss: Jacoby: "My first kiss was when my uncle kissed me and he gave me herpes. It was terrible. Anybody else got herpes? Yeah, you do. Don't lie to yourself. I know you got it, you watching this." On what message he has for his fans: Jacoby: "If I've got a message to my fans, it's go be yourself. You know what I'm saying? No matter what's going on out there in the world, believe in yourself and go be yourself, because that's what the world wants from you — is you to be you, and not you to be a copy of somebody else. You know what I'm saying? That's what P-ROACH is about. We're just us. We're not trying to emulate somebody else or something else. Be yourself and be proud." As previously reported, Jacoby Shaddix will co-direct the video for PAPA ROACH's new single, the title track of its eighth studio album "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)", which will come out in early 2015. Shaddix told Kerrang! magazine that "F.E.A.R." is "probably the most positive record we've written," adding, "There's obviously been an element of hope within the despair of the music that we write, and I think that that's always key, and that's very important to what we do, is to always have that element of hope, and that's laced throughout the record." Shaddix, a recovering alcoholic and drug user, said he was nervous about camping out in Las Vegas during the recording sessions for the new album. He explained, "I've been sober for a few years now, and it was just, like, 'All right, how am I gonna go to Vegas and stay focused?' And I just had to put my spiritual armor on and just go out there and do my best to be creative." Shaddix described the new album as "all things good PAPA ROACH — it's big, banging riffs, it's a very guitar-heavy record . . . It spans across the board, from heavy to reflective, to just in your face, out of control. It's just everything that we believe is great about PAPA ROACH."

HELLYEAH's CHAD GRAY On New Lineup: 'The Energy On And Off The Stage Is F**king Amazing'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:10

On September 14, Capital Chaos TV conducted an interview with HELLYEAH vocalist Chad Gray and bassist Kyle Sanders at the Aftershock festival in in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about what it's like playing in a band with former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, Gray said: "He's a great dude. He's one of the warmest dudes you'll ever meet, one of the most generous people you'll ever meet. He believes in this fucking band so much. I believe in this band so much. Kyle believes in this band so much, [Christian] Brady [guitar] and Tom [Maxwell, guitar]… It's our whole life. I mean, [Vinnie] really embraces it. If it wasn't for him… He makes a lot of things possible for us. 'Cause, you know, supergroup, all that shit, whatever, man, people can say whatever they want. We didn't say it. Somebody else said it. I believe Revolver [magazine] said it, and we've had to live up to that tag since then. But we're starting over; we really are. And we're fucking four records in, and we're starting over. And with the lineup change [referring to recent departures of bassist Bob 'Zilla' Kakaha and guitarist Greg Tribbett], even more so. But we love where we're at. The energy on and off the stage is fucking amazing." HELLYEAH's fourth album, "Blood For Blood", sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19. Gray and Maxwell revealed in a separate interview with Loudwire that the band came close to breaking up before it finally parted ways with Tribbett and Kahaha. Maxwell explained, "They just pretty much had a lot of other stuff going on in their life that just took the focus of the band away, and for us to continue, we had to part ways with them. It was a toxic situation that almost broke the band up. They just couldn't get it together and it was a very painful time for us, it was very emotional, but I think, you know, with the love we have for each other and the band, we needed to kind of do the worst case scenario and part ways with them." Maxwell told The Pulse Of Radio that both Kahaha and Tribbett had their own specific issue that were hurting the group. "I don't think Bob ever really was as passionate about this band," he said. "He never became a full member or anything like that. It just didn't gel, so it was just time just to part ways, you know. And with Greg, I think he had just a lot of stuff that happened to him in his life in recent years that really affected him and became distracting for us and we just couldn't go forward." Gray said that the recording sessions for the band's new album, "Blood For Blood", were emotionally volatile, saying, "This is such a heavy record on so many levels — it's not just the anger, the frustration, the angst, but its also the helplessness that we felt." HELLYEAH is currently touring North America as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT. Interview: