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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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OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Memoirs Of A Madman' Collection: First-Week Sales Revealed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 19:10

Ozzy Osbourne's "Memoirs Of A Madman" CD has sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 90 on The Billboard 200 chart. The collection serves as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Released on October 7 via Epic Records/Legacy Recordings, it is available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations. The "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along withunreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career. Both sets offer fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy-winning singer and songwriter hours of entertainment from Ozzy's distinguished solo career. Osbourne 's ongoing solo career spans four decades — as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of BLACK SABBATH — and his music is as relevant today as ever; it still resonates daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. Ozzy's latest solo release — his tenth studio album, 2010's "Scream" — debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard chart, featuring the No. 1 Mainstream Rock smash "Let Me Hear You Scream". From the first notes of Ozzy's 1980's solo debut "Blizzard Of Ozz" and follow-up "Diary Of A Madman" to classic albums "No More Tears" and "Scream", no hard rock solo artist has had quite the same reach as Ozzy; his distinctive vocal delivery and larger than life onstage persona quickly endeared him to millions of rockers. Ozzy immediately had the attention of fans of heavy music with rock staples "Crazy Train", "Mr. Crowley" and "Flying High Again". With the 1991 release "No More Tears", Ozzy continued his radio success with acclaimed and hugely successful singles "No More Tears" and the smash hit "Mama, I'm Coming Home". The track listing is as follows: 01. Crazy Train 02. Mr. Crowley 03. Flying High Again 04. Over The Mountain 05. Bark At The Moon 06. The Ultimate Sin 07. Miracle Man 08. No More Tears (edit) 09. Mama, I'm Coming Home 10. Road To Nowhere 11. Perry Mason 12. I Just Want You 13. Gets Me Through 14. Dreamer 15. I Don't Wanna Stop 16. Life Won't Wait 17. Let Me Hear You Scream Details on the "Memoirs Of A Madman" 2-DVD set are as follows: DVD One features more than two dozen of Ozzy's classic and unforgettable music videos from across his discography, including a bonus alternate version of "Mama, I'm Coming Home" and making-of footage from the videos "Let Me Hear You Scream" and "Life Won't Wait". DVD Two features live performances and interview clips spanning Ozzy's solo journey, much of which makes its debut on DVD. Some selections have appeared on long-out-of-print VHS releases; others will be seen here for the first time, making this an essential package for fans old and new. Ozzy's union of music and visuals could not be more perfect, and the "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD showcases that to brilliant effect. The "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD track listing is as follows: DVD 1 The Music Videos * Bark At The Moon * So Tired * The Ultimate Sin * Lightning Strikes * Crazy Train * Miracle Man * Crazy Babies * Breaking All The Rules * No More Tears * Mama, I'm Coming Home * Mr. Tinkertrain * Time After Time * Road To Nowhere * I Don't Want To Change The World (Live) * Changes * Perry Mason * I Just Want You * See You On The Other Side * Back On Earth * Gets Me Through * Dreamer * In My Life * I Don't Wanna Stop * Let Me Hear You Scream * Life Won't Wait * Let It Die Bonus * Mama, I'm Coming Home (alternate version) * The Making of Let Me Hear You Scream * The Making of Life Won't Wait DVD 2 Rochester, NY 1981 * I Don't Know * Suicide Solution * Mr. Crowley * Crazy Train Ozzy's Bunker Albuquerque, NM 1982 * Over The Mountain MTV 1982 New York, NY 1982 * Fairies Wear Boots (clip) Ozzy's Bunker Entertainment USA 1984 Kansas City, MO 1986 (Jake E Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo) * Bark At The Moon * Never Know Why Ozzy's Bunker * Killer Of Giants * Thank God For The Bomb * Secret Loser Ozzy's Bunker Philadelphia, PA 1989 (Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo) * Bloodbath In Paradise * Tattooed Dancer * Miracle Man MTV 1989 Marquee, UK 1991 (Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo) * Bark At The Moon (clip) Studio 1992 San Diego, CA 1992 (Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo) * I Don't Want To Change The World * Road To Nowhere Japan 1992 * Ozzy's Bunker * No More Tears Studio 1992 * Desire MTV 1992 * Mama, I'm Coming Home Studio 1992 * "Ozzmosis" Recording Session 1995 Ozzfest 1996 (Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * Perry Mason Fame & Fortune Tokyo, Japan 2001 (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * Gets Me Through Fame & Fortune Ozzfest 2007 (Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin) * Not Going Away "Black Rain" Photo Shoot Las Vegas, NV 2007 (Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin, Adam Wakeman) * I Don't Wanna Stop "Scream" Recording Session 2010 London, England 2010 (Gus G, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman) * Let Me Hear You Scream Bonus Philadelphia, PA 1989 (Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo) * Flying High Again Tokyo, Japan 2001 (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * Believer

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BUTCHER BABIES' Cover Version Of NAPOLEON XIV's 'They're Coming To Take Me Away': Official Video

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 18:10

Taking a page from heroes METALLICA and GUNS N' ROSES, Los Angeles metallers BUTCHER BABIES have recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled "Uncovered", this EP was released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks: 01. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers 02. They're Coming To Take Me Away 03. Don't Give A Fuck 04. Crazy Horses 05. Pussy Whipped The official video for BUTCHER BABIES' cover version of NAPOLEON XIV's "They're Coming To Take Me Away" can be seen below. BUTCHER BABIES' Carla Harvey (vocals) comments: "It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them. "We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was 'They're Coming To Take Me Away' by NAPOLEAN XIV, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen. The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat..." BUTCHER BABIES' Heidi Shepherd (vocals) adds: "As an eight or nine-year-old little girl, I used to rummage through my parents' albums and 8-tracks looking for some cool music. In hopes that my parents had at least a little bit of good taste, I would play every single song looking for something that I could latch on to. That's when I came across 'Crazy Horses' by THE OSMONDS; it was the heaviest song I had heard at that age. I would play that song over and over and over again, I was addicted. To this date, it's still one of my favorite songs and reminds me so much of growing up in Provo, Utah." In regards to BUTCHER BABIES' cover of THE OSMONDS' "Crazy Horses", Donny Osmond comments: "When we released 'Crazy Horses", we were pushing against what THE OSMONDS were known for, but it became a greatest hit. The BUTCHER BABIES have reinvented this song in a creative and innovative way — and that's what music is about. Now...What if I had recorded 'Puppy Love' like this?" About the "They're Coming To Take Me Away" video, Shepherd says: "As kids, we always loved this creepy, quirky song around Halloween time. So, we thought it would be perfect to ring in the Halloween season with this video reminiscent of old slasher films."

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RAVEN Covers DEEP PURPLE, THIN LIZZY, SWEET, NAZARETH, QUEEN Classics On 'Party Killers' CD

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 18:10

NWOBHM thrash godfathers RAVEN have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to finance the recording of their next studio album, "ExtermiNation". The band has recorded a full-length covers CD titled "Party Killers" that is being offered as an exclusive Kickstarter reward for backers. The group is also offering exclusive t-shirts, patches, and a seven-inch vinyl single via the campaign, which runs through November 28. "Party Killers", which is is available on CD and 12-inch vinyl, includes the following tracks: * "Too Bad Too Sad" (NAZARETH) * "Bad Reputation" (THIN LIZZY) * "Cockroach" (SWEET) * "Fireball" (DEEP PURPLE) * "Hang On To Yourself" (DAVID BOWIE) * "He's A Whore" (CHEAP TRICK) * "In For The Kill" (BUDGIE) * "Is There A Better Way" (STATUS QUO) * "Ogre Battle" (QUEEN) * "Queen Of My Dreams" (EDGAR WINTER) * "Tak Me Bak 'Ome" (SLADE) Comments RAVEN vocalist and bassist John Gallagher: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, Virginia, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it. The sounds were so good, we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: 'Party Killers' — a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home... songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the RAVEN overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album." RAVEN is currently on tour in the United States, with support from NIGHT DEMON. RAVEN released the "Rock Until You Drop - A Long Days Journey" two-disc DVD as a digipak in North America on July 2, 2013 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort contains four hours and 30 minutes of concert footage from around the world, in the studio, backstage, interviews with the band, the fans, musicians and producer. It tells the story of over three decades of trailblaizing metal mayhem! RAVEN's latest album, "Walk Through Fire", was released in the U.S. on March 30, 2010 (one day earlier in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS). ravennightdemontour

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: 'Rock Will Never Die'

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 17:10

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian is the latest musician to respond to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine last month — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Ian told the Portsmouth, New Hampshire radio station WHEB (100.3 FM): "I think the exact opposite. I don't look at things from a strictly business standpoint like I think Gene does. Just because the media may not be paying attention like it used to, or record labels are only looking for the next 16-year-old pop star…" He continued: "We come from a different place. ANTHRAX started in the underground in New York City in what was not even called thrash metal yet, but we were an underground band, and, in a sense, us and METALLICA and SLAYER, even as big as METALLICA is, we're all still in a way underground. METALLICA, being one of the biggest bands in the world, they still don't get the same media attention as Rihanna or Beyonce and Jay-Z and stuff like that, yet METALLICA is arguably [one of the] top five biggest bands on the planet. Yet, still, in a commercial way, in a media-type way, they are still considered underground, and that's kind of where we come from." Ian added: "So, for me, rock is never dead, as long as there's bands that wanna play this music. It has nothing to do with what the media is pushing down people's throats. I've never looked at it that way, because we've never needed radio and we've never needed MTV to do what we do. All we do is we write the best songs we can and we've been the best live we can be for over 30 years. And that's why rock will never die. It has nothing to do with the media, it has nothing to do with the business. It only has to do with bands playing music from their gut, and that's all that matters to me." Ian's autobiography, "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", was released on October 14 via Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Due on November 13 via Megaforce Records, Ian's "Swearing Words In Glasgow" DVD is a full performance recording, filmed towards the end of his "Swearing Words" tour in Glasgow, Scotland, and was funded by a wildly popular PledgeMusic campaign, which surpassed its goal with the help of gracious and dedicated fans.

SLIPKNOT's JIM ROOT Defends Band Against Accusations They 'Didn't Care' About PAUL GRAY's Drug Addiction

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 17:10

SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root says that he and his bandmates did everything they could to get the group's late bassist Paul Gray the help he needed to deal with his drug addiction, explaining that Paul had a "sickness" that he simply could not beat. Paul's widow Brenna Gray testified in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the doctor who treated Paul in the days before his 2010 death that she tried reaching out to some of Paul's bandmates in SLIPKNOT just days prior to the bassist's death but that none of them wanted to get involved. She revealed, "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem." Asked if Brenna was wrong in making those comments during the trial, Root told Sweden Rock Magazine (original English-language quote provided exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I think she's probably gonna say whatever it is she thinks she needs to say for the lawyers to hear. You know, I mean, Paul was our brother; Paul was very close to us. We tried putting Paul into treatment numerous times, we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him. I would stop by at Paul's house with my ex-girlfriend and he'd still be in bed. "There are a lot of circumstances and dynamics there and I'm sure that she is hurting very deeply and trying to find some way to maybe put the blame somewhere. "At the end of the day, Paul was sick and Paul had a problem and we were there for Paul. "Paul wasn't always available. "I feel bad. I feel bad for the whole situation. "Brenna's always got brothers that she can count on, and October will always have eight uncles that give a shit." Pressed on whether he was saying the other members of SLIPKNOT did in fact care enough about Paul's well being, Root replied: "Absolutely. He's our friend, he's our brother, he's our compatriot. He's always gonna be a part of our lives no matter what. "What can you do? If you have a sickness, you gotta fix that sickness, but you can't keep putting somebody into treatment over and over and over again. What are you supposed to do? Babysit someone and live with them? What can you do?" Brenna revealed in a 2011 interview with Revolver that her husband had agreed to get help for his drug problem just one day before he died on May 24, 2010. Paul was found dead in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, where he and SLIPKNOT were based. He was 38 years old. He left behind his widow and a daughter, October, who was born three months after his death. Brenna said on the witness stand at the Polk Country District Court in Iowa in April 2014 that Paul's final weeks were a "blur of extreme drug abuse," which neither his doctor nor his bandmates would help his wife confront. Daniel Baldi was facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of Gray and eight others. Baldi was accused of causing the deaths with his careless prescription habits. Baldi denied the claim, with his lawyer saying that Baldi didn't prescribe the drugs that resulted in the deaths. Brenna testified on the stand that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax for Paul despite knowing that the musician was a drug addict, saying, "I just wasn't really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction." Baldi's lawyer cross-examined Brenna, asking her if she was aware that her husband overdosed on the painkillers fentanyl and morphine, neither of which Baldi ever prescribed to him. SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio back at the one-year anniversary of Gray's death how he felt about the loss of his friend and bandmate. "I just miss him, you know," he said. "I miss him so much sometimes that it doesn't feel like he's gone, and there are times when I'm thinking and he's in my train of thought and I have to stop myself and go, 'Oh, God, he's not here.' But you know, I mean, there's not a day that goes by that I don't miss him. I mean, not even as far as the band goes — I wish that he was there to watch his daughter grow." slipknotswedenrockcoveroct2014

Music Industry Web Site Predicts AC/DC's 'Rock Or Bust' Will Sell 250K-350K Copies First Week

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 16:10

Music industry web site Hits Daily Double is predicting that AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust", will sell between 250,000 and 350,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. This would be a significant drop from the opening number of AC/DC's last CD, 2008's "Black Ice", which topped sales charts in 29 countries, including the U.S., where it sold an incredible 784,288 in its first week — marking the band's first-ever No. 1 debut on the U.S. album chart. "Black Ice" went on to sell another 270,923 units in its second week, bringing the first two weeks' sales in the U.S. to over 1 million copies. Sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and ACDC.com in the U.S., "Black Ice" quickly became the biggest-selling rock record of 2008. "Rock Or Bust" will be released on December 2. The 11-song set is AC/DC's first without guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young. AC/DC made it official last month that Malcolm would no longer record or perform with the group. His family disclosed a short time later that he was afflicted with dementia. The guitarist was rumored to have suffered a stroke earlier this year. AC/DC last week released an official new publicity photo of the band and notably absent from it is drummer Phil Rudd, who was also a no-show at the group's recent video shoot on October 3 and October 4 for the two new singles, "Play Ball" and "Rock Or Bust". Rudd was replaced for the filming by drummer Bob Richards, with singer Brian Johnson reportedly telling fans at the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate due to an undisclosed "family emergency." Neither Rudd nor the band has issued any further comment on his absence from the shoot. "Rock Or Bust" track listing: 01. Rock Or Bust 02. Play Ball 03. Rock The Blues Away 04. Miss Adventure 05. Dogs Of War 06. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder 07. Hard Times 08. Baptism By Fire 09. Rock The House 10. Sweet Candy 11. Emission Control

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OZZY OSBOURNE Doesn't Understand Politicians

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 16:10

Noisey has uploaded the second of three "Back & Forth" videos featuring legendary BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack Osbourne. Check it out below. During a brief discussion about politics, Ozzy recalled running into former British prime minister Tony Blair at a charity event. He said: "I met Tony Blair one time, the old English Prime Minister, and he looked at me and he comes over, and this was just when the Iraq war started. I thought he was gonna come up to me and say, 'You could very good for the country by doing a song or something for the troops.' He comes up to me and he goes, 'Do you know I was once in a band? Although I couldn't quite get the chords to 'Iron Man'.' And I [thought], 'Is that all you've got to fucking say?'" He added: "We vote these people in, and they never seem to pull off all this shit that they promise us to get [into office]." Osbourne sounded a similar sentiment during an interview with Esquire, telling the magazine: "One thing I try to stay away from is talking politics. I don't understand them. I don't. I don't understand how we all go nuts for a few months to get the people into office and then they never do a fuckin' thing they said they were gonna do anyway. If there's a job ad in the newspaper saying 'Builder wanted' and you show up for the job and they say 'Can you do this?' and you say 'Yeah, yeah!' And they go 'Start Monday' and then Monday they say 'Can you do what you said?' and you say 'No,' you'd be fuckin' fired! So what's the deal with politicians, eh? I don't get it. They should all start to play rock and roll, I think." Ozzy Osbourne's recently released compilation, "Memoirs Of A Madman", serves as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. It is available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture-disc-set configurations.

DORO Joined By BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH, JEFF WATERS, JEAN BEAUVOIR, LEATHER LEONE At NYC Show (Video)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 15:10

Reigning queen of metal Doro Pesch kicked off the North American leg of her "30 Years Strong & Proud" anniversary tour on October 10 in Wisconsin. The German singer has rocked ten venues so far, including New York City's Gramercy Theater on October 20, where she was joined by a host of special guests, including Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Jean Beauvoir (CROWN OF THORNS, PLASMATICS) and Leather Leone (RUDE GIRL, CHASTAIN). Fan-filmed video footage of the New York City concert can be seen below. The worldwide trek marks an astounding thirty years since the release of Doro's first record — WARLOCK's "Burning The Witches". Beginning with a mammoth headlining set at last year's Wacken Open Air, which boasted a record-breaking attendance of over 95,000 fans, Doro's tour included two special anniversary shows in her hometown of Düsseldorf as well as countless festival appearances and performances throughout Europe and Latin America. Doro's sole remaining North American tour date is October 25 at Revolution in Amityville, New York. Doro is touring in support of "Raise Your Fist", released worldwide via Nuclear Blast in 2012. Dubbed "50 minutes of expertly crafted Teutonic metal" by Outburn, which crowned Doro "...the classiest lady in metal," the CD boasts guest appearances by MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister and OZZY OSBOURNE/FIREWIND guitarist Gus G., and artwork by British artist and longtime Doro collaborator Geoffrey Gillespie. An import version of Doro's "Raise Your Fist - 30 Years Anniversary Edition" is currently available via the Nuclear Blast webshop to coincide with the tour and includes new and rare tracks plus a bonus CD titled "Powerful Passionate Favorites" comprised of cover versions of DIO, LED ZEPPELIN, METALLICA and KISS songs.

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EXODUS' 'Blood In Blood Out' Cracks U.S. Top 40

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 15:10

"Blood In Blood Out", the new album from San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS, sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition", opened with around 4,600 units back in May 2010 to land at No. 114. EXODUS' 2007 effort, "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A", registered a first-week tally of 3,600 copies. "Blood In Blood Out" was released in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast. The CD art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood". Crafting an industrial sound bed on the intro to "Blood In Blood Out" opener "Black 13" is electronic music producer Dan the Automator (GORILLAZ, MIKE PATTON, DELTRON 3030). "[Dan and I] ran into each other a couple times," shares EXODUS guitarist and songwriter Gary Holt. "I knew what I wanted to hear and I knew he could do it, and could do it that day. So we sent him a file with the drums and guitars we already had there and just told him to go crazy with it." TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy lends his signature roar to the track "BTK", one of the first songs recorded by returning vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, who recently said: "Chuck and I have known each other forever. We work really well together; we know each other really well. So if I'm doing my vocals and he's there, I can trust him to go, 'No way, Zet, [it] doesn't sound good like that. Do it like this,' or, 'Yeah, that's killer.' If he says it sounds killer, I know it is." Original EXODUS guitarist Kirk Hammett, who has been a member of METALLICA for the past 31 years, contributed a solo to "Salt The Wound", which can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. "This was actually the first time Kirk got to play on an official EXODUS release," states Holt. "He did the early demo, and then joined METALLICA and didn't do anything with us after that. So he was totally gung-ho about it. He came down and ripped out a bunch of takes and we picked the best one and then had a barbecue and drank beer." "It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," Hammett told RollingStone.com. "Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the EXODUS demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with EXODUS. It was a huge thing for me." He added: "I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, 'Wow, it's 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other's heads off with our guitar solos.' Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I've only known them for most of my life, so I'm really happy that I finally got to record with them." "Blood In Blood Out" track listing: 01. Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator) 02. Blood In Blood Out 03. Collateral Damage 04. Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett) 05. Body Harvest 06. BTK (featuring Chuck Billy) 07. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage 08. My Last Nerve 09. Numb 10. Honor Killings 11. Food For The Worms Bonus DVD includes: * "Blood Upon The Goat" making-of footage * Behind-the-scenes tour footage * Footage from Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEVIL After-Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con The digital version of "Blood In Blood Out" includes the digital bonus track "Angel Of Death" (ANGEL WITCH cover). The album's Japanese edition includes the "Protect Not Dissect" bonus track featuring Rat from THE VARUKERS/DISCHARGE. "When I was working on the record, I was sitting around watching TV series like 'Gangland' and all these locked-up prison reality shows," said Holt. "And I thought, 'Yeah, that's like EXODUS.' It's a brotherhood. You bleed to get in, you bleed to get out. "I've been doing this kind of music since I was a teenager, and I'll be doing it 'till I can't physically do it anymore." The concept for the art was impressively envisaged by Olofsson based on the album title alone, as Gary Holt explained: "The concept came from Pär Olofsson. I fed him the title and he immediately came up with the final concept, and it's perfect! One of my favorite covers we've ever done and it fits the title and theme to a T!" "Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of the band's lead singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004. Asked what EXODUS is doing differently on "Blood In Blood Out" compared to the band's previous efforts, Souza said: "I just think it's way more brutal now. I think if you look at the production value in the albums, from 'Bonded By Blood' [1985] and even 'Impact Is Imminent' [1990] and now you look at them, from 'Tempo Of The Damned' [2004] and then 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' [2005] and 'The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A' [2007] and 'Exhibit B: The Human Condition' [2010] and now to 'Blood In, Blood Out', I just think the maturity level and knowing what you wanna sound like and knowing what you're going for and knowing what you do well. Not trying to second-guess yourself and go, 'Oh, we've gotta do this because of this.' It's not like that anymore. Now it's all about, 'Hey, we're EXODUS. We've been EXODUS for 30 years. And let's just be EXODUS.'" EXODUS' support run with fellow metal titans SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES launches on November 11 with two shows at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. exoduspreorderimagebloodin_638 exodsbloodinart

SLIPKNOT Members Look Back On Nearly Two Decades Of Trials, Tribulations, Victories And Tragedies (Video)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:10

As they release their long-awaited fifth studio album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", the members of SLIPKNOT look back on the last four years since the passing of their co-founder and bass player Paul Gray, and at their nearly two decades of trials, tribulations, victories and tragedies as a band. Forget the headlines, look past the masks, and watch below as Corey Taylor, Mick Thomson, Jim Root, Chris Fehn and Shawn Crahan tell the story of SLIPKNOT. SLIPKNOT's first new album in six years, ".5: The Gray Chapter" caps a very turbulent period for the masked rockers in which they dealt with the death of Paul Gray and the firing of drummer Joey Jordison, both longtime members and songwriters. Despite it all, singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio he's proud of what the band has accomplished this time out. "The fact that we were able to kind of pull ourselves back up and not only go in and make a really good album, but make an exceptional album, in my opinion, I think it's a testament to just how talented this band is," he said. "It's a testament to how much passion we have for it. It's a testament to how much we're willing to fight to accomplish everything that we want to accomplish. I'm excited for people to hear this, because to me I think it's one of the best albums we've ever made." Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go last December, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the new album. Although the identities of their replacements have not been officially revealed, they are believed to be drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alessandro "Vman" Venturella. Meanwhile, Taylor defended himself in a new interview with Britain's XFM Radio from accusations that he orchestrated both Jordison's dismissal from SLIPKNOT and the firing of the band's guitarist, Jim Root, from the band that Taylor and Root founded together, STONE SOUR. Taylor, calling himself "one of the most hated dudes right now," explained, "That's the burden of being the frontman. [But] I'm not the boss. Trust me. I'm not the boss in either band. It's very much a committee. I help make decisions, but I don't make decisions. But that's the perception.” SLIPKNOT will celebrate the arrival of the new disc this weekend with two headlining performances on Saturday (October 25) and Sunday (October 26) at its own Knotfest in San Bernardino, California, along with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH, NOTHING MORE, ATREYU, IN THIS MOMENT, OF MICE & MEN and many more. SLIPKNOT will head out on a headlining North American tour immediately following Knotfest, with special guests KORN.