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DAVE LOMBARDO's PHILM Featured In 'Sessions At Overit' Episode (Video)
PHILM, the band featuring former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, is featured in "Sessions At Overit", a new video series from the Albany, New York recording studio Overit Studios. Each month, Overit will release a new episode that features a band or artist performing three songs and answering a few questions, all caught on pristine HD video in our beautiful Spanish-style church-turned-recording-facility in Albany. The PHILM "Sessions At Overit" episode can be seen at this location. PHILM released its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR). Lombardo recently told Louder Noise about PHILM: "The two albums that PHILM recorded are definitely different — very different, actually. The first one is a little more loose and it has three or four different improvisations within all the other songs; they're little special improvisations that we were able to capture. And the second one, yes, it was a little more tailored towards the heavier side of music. Actually, there's another album that we plan on releasing soon. It's called 'Philm Noir', and that's piano, bass and drums. Gerry plays piano really, really, really well, and Pancho, obviously, on bass and myself. I tone it down and play with brushes. So, I would say 'Fire From The Evening Sun' is the extreme side of PHILM, but then we also have a very avant-garde, jazz and ambient side of PHILM, which is 'Philm Noir'. So, between those two, 'Harmonic', the first album, is somewhere there in the middle. There is a variety."
KING DIAMOND: 'No Band Sounds Like Us'
Michael Christopher of Vanyaland recently conducted an interview with legendary Danish heavy metal singer King Diamond (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Vanyaland: Why [perform the entire] "Abigail" [album on the current tour], why now? King Diamond: I don't know. It's not like some big thing came around. We planned on doing a headline tour and after we did [Rockstar Energy Drink] Mayhem [Festival], and we were, like, "Do we do this and not do our headline tour?" And then it was, "No fucking way." We had to do our headline tour that we talked about doing. It was there I came up that it would be nice to do a very different set and that would be the right way to do it. We have never done it. And I know some people are writing in comments, "Oh, I saw it back in 1987." Well, you really didn't, because we never played all the songs in one go — never. Not even when the album first came out. It's become a thing that is really good seeing, and I don't think we ever did anything that was this awesome to watch. It's turned out to be amazing. Vanyaland: What do you think about "Abigail" that is so enduring? It was the first concert we ever did. "Fatal Portrait", half the album, say, was a mini-concert. But that was the first concert where we jumped in with both feet, you know? It had a heavy impact as such, and it was the first horror concert — ever. I don't know any other band that had a horror concert as an album. And no band still sounds like us, in my opinion. It's like the first time I ever heard BLACK SABBATH; I had never heard anything close to it; such a heavy band, that first album. But after you do the he second, the third, the fourth the impact is less, even though the albums may be just as striking. That's how it is, so it has a lot to do with that, I'm sure. Vanyaland: One of the things that's been happening in recent years in heavy music is bands doing their so-called "final tour." You have MÖTLEY CRÜE wrapping theirs up now, BLACK SABBATH is calling it a day next year. But you seem to be getting stronger with your touring while these bands are hanging it up. King Diamond: I think a lot of it has to do with how it feels at this time. Touring is tough for us, too. You probably remember I had a herniated disc awhile back. I was trying to get through that period without having to go and being operated on. I was lucky the way I could do things the way I did. I had to either stand up or lie down; I simply could not sit. Eventually I got a Temper-Pedic mattress and did all the right things. But the bus rides and all that shit? It sucks hardcore. I feel sometimes like I'm wasting my life [laughs], wasting some time, because you can't do anything constructive — nothing. Most of the time you can't get that. So it gets tough. Then comes that hour and a half, just over the top. But it can get harder and harder so I can see how some bands there comes a point where you don't have to do it. Maybe they think they'd like to see their kids more — and I don't have kids — or they want to do this or that more. People retire at their jobs, you know? It's very different from band to band and who's in the band and how their health is, or family. Read the entire interview at Vanyaland.
CHRIS HOLMES: Former MOTÖRHEAD Drummer PHIL 'PHILTHY ANIMAL' TAYLOR Was 'Coolest Guy I've Ever Met'
TV Rock Live recently conducted an interview with former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the passing of his friend, former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, who died on November 11 of liver failure at the age of 61, Holmes said: "He was ill for a long time. His liver shut down. I visited him [the] week [before his death], and he was really ill. Since his liver wasn't cleaning out his blood, he was really foggy in the mind, and I was trying to talk to him. And the last thing I said… They came to pick me up in a car, and I put my hand on his head, and I just said, 'You know, Phil, this is probably the last time we'll ever see each other.' And he shook his head and said, 'Yeah, I know.' Then he died a few days later." He continued: "[Phil] was a really, really, really close friend. Out of anybody I've ever met in the music business — and I've met a lot of people; I mean, a lot — he was probably the coolest guy I've ever met as being a human being, towards other people. He would go out of his way to help other people — extremely out of his way. Not getting nothing out of it. It's rare for people [to be] like that. He didn't care about being famous or the fame crap. We'd go out places and he'd be really nice to people who wanted autographs; he treated everybody nice. He'd take the time out to… If I didn't understand something, a book or whatever, he'd take the time out and read it to me, things like that. [He] helped me understand certain things." Asked how much Taylor was involved in the making of Holmes's 2013 solo album, "Nothing To Lose", Chris said: "A lot. If it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't have even done a first [solo] album, 'cause it was all done on his computers and stuff. Years ago, I went by his house. He asked me to help him with something with the car, and I went by his house, and I saw that he had his drums set up. For years before that, he didn't have them set up. He had a computer. And I go, 'Woah! You're playing again, Phil.' He goes, 'Yeah.' And I go, 'Let me hear some of it.' And he let me listen [to some of the stuff he recorded]. And I go, 'Man, that's a horrible guitar sound.' And he's, like, 'Can you do any better?' So I brought my stuff down the next day and we started recording. And it just went from there. We'd record about three times a week." Holmes's latest album, "Shitting Bricks", was released earlier in the year via M & O Music. Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since.
SLAYER To Tour U.S. With TESTAMENT And CARCASS
SLAYER will embark on a U.S. tour early next year with support from TESTAMENT and CARCASS. So far only one date has been leaked: March 3 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Additional details, including all the dates and venues, are expected to be revealed in the coming days. SLAYER's new album, "Repentless", was released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The 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. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with the band's Tom Araya and Kerry King. A new TESTAMENT studio album is currently being written for a tentative early 2016 release. The band's guitarist Eric Peterson recently told Lithium Magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for TESTAMENT's follow-up to 2012's "Dark Roots Of Earth": "We're on our eleventh record, and we're into this, like, 25, 30 years now. It's kind of, like, there's so many bands doing what we do, our style of music, and, I think, a band like us, when you've been around this long, you don't wanna just put out the same thing; you don't wanna do the cookie-cutter kind of thing, where you're just, like, 'Let's just copy what we did before.' For me, it's gotta come from the heart. So that's why it's taking so long. I think everybody will be stoked when it comes out." CARCASS released a special edition version of its latest album, "Surgical Steel", on CD and digitally on October 30, and on vinyl on November 20 via Nuclear Blast. The "Complete Edition" includes the whole album "Surgical Steel", along with the entire "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" EP. All the songs were recorded during the "Surgical Steel" sessions, which were helmed by producer Colin Richardson (NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWER, GOREFEST, CANNIBAL CORPSE, SINISTER, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, TESTAMENT). "Surgical Steel" sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 41 on The Billboard 200 chart.
JUDAS PRIEST: Video Footage Of Tilburg Concert
Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST's November 17 concert at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be seen below. JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford recently told the Q104 radio station in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada about the band's plans to record the follow-up album to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls": "Well, you know, in rock and roll, you've gotta kind of strike while the iron is hot, and that iron has been burning hot for decades for PRIEST now. It doesn't show any sign of cooling off, I can tell you that. The cool thing about where we're at right now is, of course, having Richie [Faulkner, new PRIEST guitarist] with us and having gone through that first writing experience together [on 'Redeemer Of Souls']. We were so motivated to keep writing as we were going along, but our label had a time schedule for us to keep, so we had to put the brakes on and start recording the songs that we'd written. And with that in mind, we're raring to go again, and I'm sure there'll be another PRIEST record in the not-too-distant metal future." Asked whether he feels that "the clock is ticking" on JUDAS PRIEST's recording and touring career, Rob said: "Yeah, the clock is ticking, [but] we’re trying to hold it back. [Laughs] But it's great, man. I've gotta tell you, this band is having the time of its life, and we're very excited to be back out on the road after a short break from our last show, in Wacken in Germany at the big heavy metal festival there in front of eighty thousand heavy metal maniacs. So we're still bringing the fire and the metal with us wherever we go." "Redeemer Of Souls" was released in July 2014. The follow-up to 2008's double-disc concept album "Nostradamus" was billed as a return to JUDAS PRIEST's heavy-metal roots. "Redeemer Of Souls" sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
DEF LEPPARD's JOE ELLIOTT: 'We've Always Been More Pop Than Metal'
In a brand new interview with SPIN, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott about the band's influence on contemporary pop music. He said: "I notice when it's pointed out to me, because I honestly don't listen to much pop radio. But when I am made aware of it, or just happen to be listening to whatever radio station my friend is tuned to in their car, it's, like, 'Whoa, that sounds a bit like we could've done it.' I started becoming aware of our influence in pop music about 15 years ago when Pink did a radio show with us, and she was standing on the side of the stage singing every word. I was like, well okay, she's a fan. [Laughs] We have people like Jewel or John Mayer or the guys in MAROON 5, all of whom are huge fans. It wasn't just RATT and POISON we were a part of…. [now] all of a sudden you've got Lady Gaga coming out and saying, 'I fucking love DEF LEPPARD,' and we had Taylor Swift wanting to work with us six or seven years ago when she was first kicking off." He continued: "You are aware of it, and it's flattering, but I think it's down to the fact that we've always been more pop than metal, much to the annoyance of the metal press and metal fans. We were never DIO or ANTHRAX or JUDAS PRIEST… We've always been about [blending] that kind of quirkiness that QUEEN had with the power of AC/DC. It's something we've always felt was kind of our blueprint. So I absolutely hear it in pop because that's essentially who we were. DEF LEPPARD became popular not through being a rock band like [LED] ZEPPELIN or [BLACK] SABBATH. We became popular because our singles were on 'American Bandstand' between KOOL & THE GANG and Michael Jackson. We were the white rock band from the U.K. that people were like, 'What? How did they infiltrate the Top Ten?' And it was because we had these infectious melodies. We weren't afraid of singing about relationships or love, which is something that metal would never do. We were never [singing about] dungeons and dragons. We never will be." DEF LEPPARD released its new, self-titled studio album on October 30. The effort was made available through earMUSIC worldwide (excluding North America, Japan) in the following formats: CD, 2LP gatefold, digital download and on all streaming services. "Def Leppard" entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 10 with first-week sales of just over 30,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales.
CANDLEMASS: First Taste Of Upcoming EP
Swedish metal legends CANDLEMASS are back to celebrate 30 years of doom with a brand new EP. Four studio tracks featuring Mats Levén on vocals were recorded during September/October for a special anniversary release early next year on Napalm Records. The cover artwork for the EP, which can be seen below, was created by Erik Rovanperä. A short clip of some of the sessions for the new CANDLEMASS EP can be seen below. CANDLEMASS has also announced that Levén, who's a longtime friend of the band, is now the permanent singer for the Swedish doom metal squad. Also, Per Wiberg is today an essential part of CANDLEMASS's touring lineup on keyboards and filling in for bassist Leif Edling until he's back in shape again. "The live shows we’ve done after 'Psalms For The Dead' (2012) have been fantastic," says CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman. "Mats has done a great job fronting CANDLEMASS and I don’t think we’ve ever been this good on stage before! Wacken, Bang Your Head!!!, Sweden Rock, Hellfest, Metal Days, Metallsvenskan, Maryland Death Fest... We have conquered them all." Three decades of doom later, CANDLEMASS would also like to celebrate their classic albums on the official web site, www.candlemass.se. "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" is the first record out October 1. Expect some cool photos, old articles, a very special audio surprise, merchandise etc. Next one out is "Nightfall", then "Ancient Dreams", followed by "Tales Of Creation". CANDLEMASS is currently working on an anniversary box set together with Peaceville Records. The set will include the band's legendary breakthrough show at the Dynamo festival in 1988 on DVD and some rare rehearsal stuff from the "Epicus" days. In the box, there will also be a 72-page book about the doom maestros. Leif Edling is slowly getting better from his chronic fatigue syndrome, and participated in the EP recordings. Next year you can expect some very cool anniversary shows with Leif back on stage. Photo credit: Beatrice Edling
OZZY OSBOURNE: Video Footage Of OZZFEST JAPAN Performance
Fan-filmed video footage of Ozzy Osbourne's November 22 performance at Ozzfest Japan at Makuhari Messe Arena (just outside of Tokyo) can be seen below. Joining Ozzy for the set as guests were RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, JANE'S ADDICTION's Dave Navarro, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's Zakk Wylde (a former member of Ozzy's band) and Ozzy's BLACK SABBATH bandmate Geezer Butler on bass. The setlist was as follows: 01. I Don't Know 02. Mr. Crowley (with Tom Morello) 03. Bark At The Moon (with Tom Morello) 04. Suicide Solution 05. Flying High Again 06. Shot In The Dark 07. Guitar Solo 08. Iron Man (BLACK SABBATH song) (with Tom Morello and Geezer Butler) 09. N.I.B. (BLACK SABBATH song) (with Tom Morello and Geezer Butler) 10. Snowblind (BLACK SABBATH song) (with Geezer Butler) 11. Behind The Wall Of Sleep (BLACK SABBATH song) (with Geezer Butler) 12. War Pigs (BLACK SABBATH song) (with Geezer Butler and Dave Navarro) 13. Fairies Wear Boots (BLACK SABBATH song) (with Geezer Butler and Dave Navarro) 14. I Don't Want To Change The World (with Zakk Wylde) 15. Crazy Train (with Zakk Wylde) 16. Mama, I'm Coming Home (with Zakk Wylde) 17. Paranoid (BLACK SABBATH song) (with Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, Dave Navarro, Zakk Wylde) Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone recently told Billboard.com that Osbourne is working on a "really special album." She added, "It's going to be amazing. It's something Ozzy has never done before that he's always wanted to do." Ozzy has not released an all-new solo album since 2010's "Scream", having spent the last few years touring with BLACK SABBATH and recording that band's "13" album. "Scream" was mostly recorded in a studio at Ozzy's home, with little band input, and the singer told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that he'd like to get back to a traditional format for his next solo outing. "At the end of the day, the end result was pretty cool, but I don't know whether I want to continue to do it that way," he said. "I like to… Like the earlier albums, I'd go rehearse and jam out with the band, get some, like, vibe going, you know. I want to incorporate that and this new technology thing, next album." Ozzy will rejoin SABBATH in early 2016 for what is being dubbed as that band's farewell tour, which kicks off on on January 20 in Omaha, Nebraska. A second leg of North American dates commencing on August 17 in Wantagh, New York was unveiled last month.
MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY Honored At Bass Player Live!: More Video Footage
METALLICA bassist and "Jaco" film producer Robert Trujillo presented a Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award to MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister at the Bass Player Live! concert as part of the eighth annual premier live bass guitar event — Bass Player Live! 2015 — held Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 in Los Angeles. Following the presentation, an all-star set honoring Kilmister featured performances from Robert Trujillo, Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, PANTERA), Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE), and Doug Pinnick (KING'S X) on bass, drummer/musical director Tommy Rickard (Scott Weiland, Linda Perry), vocalists Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE) and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), and guitarist Lita Ford. More video footage of Lemmy accepting the Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award from Trjillo, as well as highlights of the musical tribute to Lemmy, can be seen below. MOTÖRHEAD's 22nd studio album, "Bad Magic", was released on August 28. The CD was recorded at NRG Studios with longtime producer Cameron Webb. Asked if there an album or tour cycle that was the most rewarding or enjoyable for him in MOTÖRHEAD's four-decade history, Lemmy told Loudwire: "I don't know, I can't remember all of them. Being in the studio for 40 years, it seems to me the most fun one was probably the first one, because you're new at it, discovering all these things that you're doing in the studio." Lemmy told A.V. Club about MOTÖRHEAD's non-experimental musical approach: "Oh, it's paid off in dividends for us and for quite a few other bands like STATUS QUO. There's been a lot of bands who've stuck to their original idea and it usually helps them out. It's when bands like to switch to what they aren't or what they think they are that's bullshit. It really turns out to be bullshit in the end. People changing because they think they should is not a good idea, because I just don't think they should, really. [Laughs] It's something I thought was a good idea in the beginning. Why change it? [Laughs] People seem to keep liking it, though we've done a few departures. We've made bad albums in the past, and people have bought them. I don't know. I don't care. I'm just grateful for it."
DAVID LEE ROTH's Reunion With His 'Eat 'Em And Smile' Band Canceled At Last Minute By Fire Marshal
The reunion of VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth and the band for his debut solo album, "Eat 'Em And Smile", was canceled at the last minute last night (Wednesday, November 25) by the fire marshal at the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. The show would have marked the first time in 30 years that Roth joined guitar hero Steve Vai, bass legend Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG), drummer Greg Bissonette (RINGO STARR & HIS ALL-STARR BAND), and keyboardist Brett Tuggle to perform some of the hits from the classic LP. Also scheduled to join the band on stage was STEEL PANTHER vocalist Ralph Saenz (a.k.a. Michael Starr). Video footage of a disappointed Roth leaving the venue after the cancelation can be seen below. The singer, whose appearance last night was not officially announced prior to the gig, can be heard telling the bystanders: "I apologize about this evening. It looks like we were too popular." He added that he and his "Eat 'Em And Smile" bandmates would try to find another venue to stage the reunion. "Should we go to the Hollywood Palladium, maybe?" he can be heard asking the fans. Vai explained to the Examiner.com that he didn't expect the band to come together when they first hooked up over thirty years ago. He said: "Dave got the best musicians he could, who he thought was the best. And I thought it was a hell of a band… It was one of my favorite times in my whole musical career, because we were rock stars, you know? And touring with somebody like Dave, you can't even imagine what it was like. It was just glorious, man. And I knew it was fleeting, and I knew it was something that I wasn't going to be doing my whole life, because my brand of music in my own head is very different." "Eat 'Em And Smile" was the first of two Roth albums to feature the duo of Vai and Sheehan on guitar and bass. Throughout the LP, the two would often sync complicated bass lines together with the lead guitar parts, as on tracks such as "Shyboy" and "Elephant Gun". Now in its 44th week, Ultimate Jam Night is a free weekly show held each Wednesday at Lucky Strike Live, located at the Hollywood/Highland center. Founded by Chuck Wright of QUIET RIOT, the show features up to 60 world-class musicians rotating in and out of various musical numbers.