Heavy Metal News

Metal News Image

Digital issue of the debut album of true metallers SYMPTOMEN

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.



Most Recent Heavy Metal Headlines


SLAYER And ANTHRAX To Join Forces For European Tour

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 20:10

SLAYER (pictured) will join forces with ANTHRAX and KVELERTAK for a European tour in the fall. So far the following dates have been announced: Oct. 25 -Tilburg, NETH @ 013 Oct. 26 - Paris, FRA @ Le Zenith Nov. 07 - Vienna, AUT @ Gasometer SLAYER has set "Repentless" as the title of its new album, due worldwide on Friday, September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The long-awaited follow-up to 2009's "World Painted Blood" marks the first time SLAYER has worked with producer Terry Date (PANTERA, SOUNDGARDEN, DEFTONES). It is also SLAYER's first CD since drummer Paul Bostaph's return to the band in 2013 and guitarist Gary Holt's addition to the SLAYER touring lineup in 2011. SLAYER's eleventh studio album will be released on the band's own as-yet-unnamed label through Nuclear Blast. SLAYER will tour extensively to support the new album, headlining this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival as well as playing other major outdoor festivals and several "An Evening With..." SLAYER-only concerts. ANTHRAX is continuing to write and record material for its follow-up to 2011's "Worship Music", tentatively due in late 2015 or early 2016. ANTHRAX's new album, which is once again being produced by Jay Ruston (STEEL PANTHER, STONE SOUR), will mark the recording debut for guitarist and newest bandmember Jon Donais. ANTHRAX last month embarked on a six-week-plus North American tour with VOLBEAT, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals — Northern Invasion (outside of Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, Ohio), Rocklahoma (Pryor, Oklahoma), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests. The band's setlist features the new song "Soror Irrumator (Lords Of The Rock)", ANTHRAX's contribution to the the second installment of "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape", for HBO's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series "Game Of Thrones". slayeranthraxkvelertakeurope2015

SLIPKNOT's KNOTFEST To Return To California In October

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 19:10

The 2015 edition of SLIPKNOT's Knotfest festival will take place on October 23-25 at San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, California. The full lineup for the event will be announced on Monday, June 29. A three-minute video wrap-up of last year's Knotfest, which was held on October 25-26, 2014 in Devore, can be seen below. The Vixlet-sponsored GTV Knotfest simulcast included SLIPKNOT's two full performances, as well as select songs from most of the bands performing at the festival. Saturday and Sunday were each highlighted by SLIPKNOT's unique closing sets on Stage 001, featuring brand new music from their latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter" and an entirely new stage set and experience. More than 20,000 people reportedly packed the San Manuel Amphitheater for Knotfest U.S. — powered by Rockstar Energy Drink — which featured a massive lineup of over 50 bands playing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday. SLIPKNOT was joined by some of the biggest names in metal, including DANZIG, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, ANTHRAX, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, IN THIS MOMENT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, OF MICE & MEN, TESTAMENT, FEAR FACTORY, HATEBREED, NAPALM DEATH, ATREYU, HELLYEAH, and dozens more. The festival was an epic experience for Maggots and metalheads even apart from the five stages of earsplitting music, with the SLIPKNOT-curated Slipknot Museum, the Fire Zone, Ring Of Fire carnival ride, Thunderdome, Fitz Army Freestyle Motocross Show, Junk Car Drum Circle, and more. In addition, Friday night's VIP Pre-Party Bash featured exclusive performances from SUICIDE SILENCE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BUTCHER BABIES and more for those that purchased VIP or Camping Packages.

HELLOWEEN: Second Part Of 'My God-Given Right' Track-By-Track Breakdown

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 19:10

The second part of a track-by-track breakdown of "My God-Given Right", the 15th studio album from German power metallers HELLOWEEN, can be seen below. Due on May 29 via Nuclear Blast, the CD was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the band's MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (GOTTHARD, HAMMERFALL). According to singer Andi Deris, the band insists on a simple motto: "Back to the roots — but with new songs." He continues: "More than ever, our fans want to sing and rock out along with us. This simply works best with the use of distinctive choruses and '80s hooklines." Guitarist Michael Weikath clarifies: "It is not our mission to just relive the '80s at all cost — to our own surprise, the whole dynamic of this working concept took on a life of its own." Both Weikath and Deris stress that the album title is self-explanatory. "Surely there'll be haters again that will presume that we have nothing better to do than to keep recycling the past instead of moving on into the 21st century," the guitarist says. "But such critics have followed us all along and never impressed us. We've always had a liberal attitude towards heavy metal: to do anything we want — and not follow the directions the know-it-alls would have pushed on us. We remained unfazed and acted out our vision of 'anything goes' in the songwriting process to 'My God-Given Right' because we believe that it is our god-given-right (no pun intended) to do as we please and fulfill our musical vision without any boundaries." HELLOWEEN recently released the first single from "My God-Given Right", the speed metal hymn "Battle's Won". In addition to the digital download, a limited-edition two-track vinyl single was made available on April 24, also featuring the album cut "Lost In America". "My God-Given Right" track listing: 01. Heroes 02. Battle's Won 03. My God-Given Right 04. Stay Crazy 05. Lost In America 06. Russian Roulé 07. The Swing Of A Fallen World 08. Like Everybody Else 09. Creatures In Heaven 10. If God Loves Rock 'N' Roll 11. Living On The Edge 12. Claws 13. You, Still Of War The limited digipak (with special 3D cover) and the vinyl version will feature two bonus tracks: 14. I Wish I Were There 15. Wicked Game The digital version contains three bonus tracks: 14. I Wish I Were There 15. Wicked Game 16. Free World The limited earbook will feature a bonus CD with four bonus tracks: 01. I Wish I Were There 02. Wicked Game 03. Nightmare 04. More Than A Lifetime Pre-order the album at NuclearBlast.de. The "My God-Given Right" video was directed by Oliver Sommer of AVA Studios. Comments Sommer: "The story tells itself with the first look on the artwork: it seems to be a film still and you only have to press the 'play' button. So the female protagonist flees — reminiscences to different (post)apocalyptic films and stories are deliberated — from an army of robotic pumpkin soldiers through an empty world. On the other side, the band performs in frightfully beautiful, rocked out ambience. When the tough girl realizes that she won't escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty… It is immersed in snow on the cover artwork and in sand in the clip." He continues: "Our post-apocalyptic world is a white desert, which exists in reality in Germany. The industrial disaster area, our hero is fleeing in and the band is performing in, is an incredible and giant area of the ex-steelworks (heavy metal!) Maxhütte — both locations are real wastelands!" The "My God-Given Right" artwork was once again created by graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) and will also be available as a 3D lenticular print. Says Häusler: "We tried to build a world of ideas, keeping the 'classic HELLOWEEN' elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other, just like we did it the years before, working on a HELLOWEEN artwork. "A first inspiration came from the album title, 'My God-Given Right', and some of the song titles, like 'Swing Of A Fallen World', 'Lost In America', 'Battle's Won', etc. "During my research, I stumbled upon the blockbuster 'Day After Tomorrow' and the idea of just leaving the world to the 'pumpkins' was born. "The most challenging part of this artwork was to have both the limited edition and the 11-inch earbook provided with a 3D lenticular cover (a full 3D cover, visible without 3D glasses). That's the reason the entire artwork was done 'in one piece,' using a 3D program… We did not want one of those 'cheap' lenticular covers, done by converting a 2D version, but the best possible real 3D result. So don’t get any other versions — this will be a true collector's item!" Adds Andi Deris: "I never know how, but somehow we did it once again… The album really rocks and kicks some major asses!!! We had the best folks with us to make this possible: producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Martin Häusler, who made a massive 3D artwork this time WITHOUT stressing the whole color range." States Michael Weikath: "This proves what a bit of snow not only is able to but really causes! I personally hate snow and the cover shows that too much of everything is never good. Just like Andi Deris, I'm very happy about the new album."

helloweengodgivenrightcdbigger

GENE HOGLAN On DARK ANGEL: 'We're Gonna Just Try To Write As Ball-Crushing An Album As Possible'

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 19:10

Legendary extreme metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DARK ANGEL) was recently interviewed by Caleb Smith of the "The Sick Room" podcast in New Zealand. You can now listen to the chat below. Speaking about the progress of the songwriting sessions for DARK ANGEL's much-anticipated comeback album, Hoglan said: "We don't feel rushed. DARK ANGEL definitely wants to capitalize on the momentum that 2014 was… And if that means that we have to… We're not taking our time — we are are trying to hurry — but we're not hurried; we're just trying to make the best album we can. And when the time's right, that's when it's right. DARK ANGEL is going to do whatever it does. And the one thing that we're gonna get out of this is a pretty damn kick-ass record and hopefully some really cool touring, and we'll represent it live really well… As for a release date, I sure couldn't even speculate about that. I just figure when the time is right and we've completed a really killer, killer, awesome record, then that's when the album's gonna come out." Regarding DARK ANGEL's mindset going into the making of the band's new album Hoglan said:"I am going into this, and Jim Durkin [guitar], my writing partner, we're going into this just… We wanna devastate people. We just don't wanna put out 'Ah, good record, 'Yeah, cool, man. Those guys came back. Yeah. Cool. Cool album.' No. We wanna put out something that's gonna destroy everybody, and I think that's what every metal band wants to do. Jim Durkin's such an amazing riff writer, and I'm pretty… not too shabby myself. So the riffs are gonna be crushing and catchy and awesome and evil. It's gonna be everything you've ever wanted from a DARK ANGEL record. It's gonna definitely sound like DARK ANGEL; that's all over the stuff that we're writing so far. And that's really cool. It's not like it's, like, 'Oh, man, they came back and now they sound like somebody else.' No. It sounds like DARK ANGEL. We're gonna just try to write as ball-crushing an album as possible. It can't be too heavy, it can't be too catchy, the drum beats can't be too insane…" He continued: "When we were doing 'Darkness Descends', there were no rules. Everybody was kids back in those days, and there wasn't rules, like, 'Your singer has to sing like this,' and, 'You have to write about this kind of subject matter.' We're making this up as we go. So we're making the rules, I suppose. And a few years later, things started becoming more regimented, I suppose — like, if your vocalist growls, you're a death metal band; if he barks, you're a thrash band. It's, like, there's a category that is very simply put, but I don't know if DARK ANGEL ever fit into any category. That's why we always just called ourselves 'caffeine metal,' because at least we were the equivalent of a few caffeine pills, or a meth binge or something." DARK ANGEL 2015 is: * Gene Hoglan (drums) * Eric Meyer (guitar) * Jim Durkin (guitar) * Ron Rinehart (vocals) * Michael Gonzalez (bass) DARK ANGEL released two albums with Don Doty on vocals — 1984's "We Have Arrived" and 1986's "Darkness Descends" — before he exited the group and was replaced by Ron Rinehart (after a brief stint with Jim Drabos in 1987). The band issued two more studio LPs — 1989's "Leave Scars" and 1991's "Time Does Not Heal" — before calling it quits in 1992. Rinehart, Hoglan and Meyer reassembled DARK ANGEL more than a decade ago but were forced to abandon their reunion plans after health issues reportedly put Rinehart's singing career on hold. Interview:

DARK ANGEL performance footage:
darkangel2014bandwlogo_638

SOILWORK To Release 'The Ride Majestic' Album In August

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 19:10

Sweden-based melodic death metal experts SOILWORK will releas their tenth studio album, "The Ride Majestic", on August 28 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded by David Castillo (OPETH, KATATONIA) at Studio Gröndal and was produced and mixed by Jens Bogren (KREATOR, AMON AMARTH) at Fascination Street. The cover artwork was created by Róbert Borbás (Grinddesign) and can be seen below. "The Ride Majestic" will be made available in various formats (CD, vinyl, t-shirt/CD bundle). Pre-order your copy here. Comments SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid: "We just put the final touches on our new album, 'The Ride Majestic', and all we can say is that it's going to be massive. It definitely picks up where we left off with 'The Living Infinite', but slightly darker, atmospheric and almost anthemic, with some really interesting twists and turns. Can't wait to play this epic beast live! Await the ride majestic ladies n gents!" In celebration of "The Ride Majestic"'s impending release, SOILWORK has released a live video of the band's "hit" song "Let This River Flow", featuring a guest appearance by NIGHTWISH/REVAMP singer Floor Jansen, which comes off SOILWORK's most recent DVD/Blu-ray, "Live In The Heart Of Helsinki". Adds Strid: "I was really excited to work with Floor Jansen, especially since we haven't had any female guest artists featured on anything SOILWORK-related before. "I first got to know Floor via e-mail some years ago, when she asked me to do some guest vocals for her other amazing band REVAMP. I was absolutely thrilled, since I really respect her as a singer — she can do it all: amazing clean vocals, powerful high and low screams and can shape her voice into just about anything. I thought I'd 'return the favor' and ask her to do 'Let This River Flow' with me for our live DVD in Helsinki and, boy, did it turn out amazing! It was really cool to meet her in person as well; her presence is majestic and she has a great sense of humor. I think our voices match perfectly in this almost anthemic song, which showcases a lot of different types of vocals." The official "The Tour Majestic" European run will kick off in late November. The band will share the stage with Danish thrash/death metal group HATESPHERE and another special guest. SOILWORK is also slated to perform at the seventh annual Metal Hammer Awards in Berlin on September 18. soilworktheridecd soilworkhatespheretour2015

PEARL JAM Guitarist MIKE MCCREADY Interviews ROBERT PLANT

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 18:10

According to The Pulse Of Radio, PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready recently conducted interviews and released pictures of the chats with LED ZEPPELIN's Robert Plant and St. Vincent of SASQUATCH for Pearl Jam Radio. McCready will also be featured on the "High In The Clouds" soundtrack with Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney, set for release sometime in 2016. The children's film, directed by "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2"'s director Cody Cameron, focuses on two competing ways of life, Animalia and Megatropolis. THE BEATLES legend McCartney co-authored the children's book titled "High In The Clouds", in 2005. He's brought the project to life by producing an animated film based on the book. In addition to voicing one of the characters, McCartney has also written seven or eight new songs for the project.

NILE To Release 'What Should Not Be Unearthed' Album In August

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 17:10

The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality NILE are currently in the studio wrapping up the mix of their upcoming album, "What Should Not Be Unearthed". Produced by NILE and mixed by Neil Kernon, the CD will be released on August 28 via Nuclear Blast. The artwork was handled this time by Michal "Xaay" Loranc and can be seen below. Pre-order your copy here. Comments NILE mastermind Karl Sanders: "All of us in NILE are happy to announce our upcoming newest album, 'What Should Not Be Unearthed'. It's our eighth official album, and this time we believe we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans.' "The focus this time around is on brutally heavy metal riffing and songwriting; kind of like of an 'Annihilation Of The Wicked' approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact." He continues: "Our last record, 'At The Gates Of Sethu', was super surgically clean and very 'musicianship oriented' whereas the new disc is a polar opposite; 'Unearthed' is aimed straight at utter metal heaviness and memorable songwriting. "Although 'Unearthed' is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from NILE over the years, it's the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around." Sanders adds: "These songs will be a blast to play live, and we are stoked at the opportunity to bring these songs to metal fans everywhere. See you on tour!” States Xaay about the artwork: "At first, I would like to express that it was great experience to work on another NILE cover / artwork again. I'm really grateful having been a big fan of the band for all these years. "The story behind the title goes deeply beneath everything we have already known, and we may not be ready to face. With the art I excavated the theories of an elder ancient civilization which could give the origin to ancient Egypt. That's why you can find a new ingredient in the band imagery, pointing at some higher obscure intelligence, eroding and covered with time. That trace of a dismal legacy is resembled in the outer structure which radiates from the block, sealing the unknown, and it's only an adumbration of what we will meet, once it is removed. "The pyramid-shaped seal in the center doesn't contain a recipe for some Camel Stew or a Pharaoh's dining menu. An experienced eye will notice hieroglyphs taken from the 'Book Of The Dead', or the Seven Islands of Amentet glyph — depicting the ancient Underworld, and describing the elder reign of God-kings, which had ended circa. 9850 B.C. (perhaps some similarity with that of Atlantis?). But the main thing we should not miss here is a winged scarab sign in the exact center. We all know this most common Egyptian artifact giving protection... so the message is pretty clear... I hope it may become another fine element in band's repository for the NILE-themed tattoos. "To sum it up: this album is definitely not a box of candies. Keep in mind that opening the package means you will deal with the deadliest essence... However, it will be a hard task to hold on to your curiosity. Well... it's a new NILE!" NILE will hit the road in Europe with their labelmates SUFFOCATION at the end of August. Confirmed dates are as follows: Aug. 29 - POL - Warszawa - Progresja Music Zone / Massivefest Aug. 30 - POL - Wrocław - Alibi Aug. 31 - GER - Berlin - K17 Sep. 01 - GER - Bremen - Tivoli Sep. 02 - GER - Saarbrucken - Garage Sep. 03 - GER - Munich - Backstage Sep. 04 - CH - Huttikon - Meh Stuff! Metal Festival Sep. 05 - FR - Torcy - Fall Of Summer Sep. 06 - UK - Plymouth - The Hub Sep. 07 - UK - Manchester - Sound Control Sep. 08 - UK - London - The Dome Sep. 09 - UK - Bristol - The Marble Factory Sep. 10 - HOL - Nijmegen - Doornroosje Sep. 11 - GER - Andernach - Death Feast Open Air Sep. 13 - FR - Toulouse - Connexion Live Sep. 15 - SP - Bilbao - Santana 27 Sep. 16 - POR - Porto - Hard Club Sep. 17 - POR - Lisbon - RCA Club Sep. 18 - SP - Madrid - Arena Sep. 19 - SP - Barcelona - Razzamataz 2 Sep. 20 - FR - Marseille - Moulin - Sep. 21 - CH - La Chaux-de-Fonds - Bikini Test Sep. 23 - ITA - Brescia - Circolo Colony Sep. 24 - SLO - Ljubljana - Kino Siska Sep. 25 - HUN - Budapest - A38 Sep. 26 - A - Wien - Szene Sep. 27 - SK - Kosice - Collosseum nilewhatshouldnotcd

KISS Frontman To Develop Global Branding, Licensing And Retail Programs For 'Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels' Brand

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 17:10

Paul Stanley, co-founder and singer/songwriter of legendary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band KISS, has teamed up with the music industry's leading branding and social media marketing company, Epic Rights, to develop and launch Stanley's all-new lifestyle brand Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels, at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas in June. The announcement was made today by Epic Rights CEO Dell Furano and Paul Stanley. From Stanley's signature designs of musical instruments to his fine art paintings, both of which have generated millions in sales, the brand Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels is synonymous with fashion forward, cutting-edge style and an independent spirit. Epic Rights has been charged with building the Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels brand into a new licensing program, including men's fashion apparel and accessories, footwear, food, spirits, home décor, cookware and more. Epic Rights anticipates debuting the Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels brand at retail in fall 2016. "Paul is the definitive rock renaissance man with a sense of style in arts, fashion, design and food that is unrivaled in the music industry. His creativity, marketing savvy and personal style truly sets him apart," said Furano. "Over the years, Dell and I have worked closely on the strategic developments and partnerships on the KISS brand, as well as more recently with Rock & Brews and my paintings," said Stanley. "I am excited to watch Dell and Epic Rights' great team of branding professionals seek out and find opportunities and outlets that will reflect a lifestyle and point of view that I am passionate about and do it imaginatively and creatively in the years to come." Stanley, one of rock's most acknowledged and respected front men as lead singer and guitarist for KISS, is a driving force and unwavering voice for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame-inducted band. Ensconced in the media as both an unequivocally sophisticated fashion trendsetter and creative visionary, Stanley has designed KISS costumes, album covers and stages in addition to its iconic KISS logo, instantly recognizable around the world for the past 40 years! As an author, Stanley's autobiography, "Face The Music", soared to No. 2 on the New York Times Best Seller List. His concept for Rock & Brews, an energized dining and entertainment venue continues to expand with new locations being launched around the country. Recently, both Stanley and Gene Simmons were recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award, a prestigious honor given to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius, which will enrich generations to come. Additionally, Stanley was honored at the Open Hearts Foundation Gala for his direct involvement in both raising funds to pay for needed surgeries for children afflicted with various birth defects and giving support to the parents of those children. paulstanleyroyalspromo

Two Men Missing After Attending ROCKLAHOMA Festival

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 16:10

According to Fox23.com, two 20-year-old music fans who attended this past weekend's Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma are missing. Cody Parrick and Ben Babar were last seen Saturday (May 23) when they were supposed to leave the event for work but never made it. They were also seen the previous night at a leather store in Weleetka. Babar's uncle told Fox23.com that the two were driving a silver 2005 Pontiac Montana minivan. Anyone with information concerning the two men's whereabouts is asked to contact the Okmulgee Sheriff's Office. Due to the inclement weather, the organizers of Rocklahoma festival canceled several performances scheduled for Saturday night, including those by LINKIN PARK, VOLBEAT and IN FLAMES. Tornadic storms with heavy rainfall pushing through eastern Oklahoma on Saturday evening caused widespread flash flooding in the area. There were an estimated 30,000 people attending the festivities on each day of the three-day event. This year's Rocklahoma was scheduled to feature about 80 current and classic rock acts, including TESLA, GODSMACK, SLAYER, BREAKING BENJAMIN, PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM, QUEENSRŸCHE and ANTHRAX.

rocklahomamissing

GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA Hopes To Release New Solo Album Next Year

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 16:10

On May 10, Mike Karolyi of iRockRadio.com conducted an interview with with GODSMACK singer Sully Erna backstage at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about when fans can expect to see the follow-up to his solo debut, 2010's "Avalon", Erna said: "I'm working on stuff now. It's ready when it's ready. It's one of those things that the solo stuff… I take my time with that, because I'm not under the gun with some kind of record label and deadlines and things like that. I think 'Avalon' came out really special, because there was no timelines or restrictions or demands or expectations; it was just write as I write, and when it's done, it's done. And even though I have some stuff built and written, I don't really know where that record's gonna go musically yet. So I'm gonna continue to write, and when I collect enough songs that feel like it's gonna be an album, then I'll put that out. I'm really hoping [to] maybe finish something by the end of the year, if not early next year, and release it by next year. But, again, we'll have to see." "Avalon" featured a very different style than what Erna does with GODSMACK, incorporating world music, female vocals, keyboards, cello, hand percussion and other diverse sounds. He toured behind the album with a large ensemble that incorporated many of the instruments heard on the record. Erna told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he enjoys having two distinct sides to his musical output. "You know, GODSMACK, we've done some acoustic things here and there, but we really don't belong in that world so much. I mean, we're really more of a big, hard rock, powerhouse band and that's where we should be. But for me, I really love that acoustic side. I love the piano, I love that — just acoustic instruments. And so, I'm so happy that I have carved out that path now because I need to explore that kind of music." Erna also told HardDrive that his solo music can extend his career once his heavy rock days with GODSMACK are over, explaining, "With the solo stuff, I don't ever wanna have that kind of limitations, because I think it's the place I'd like to go one day, when this is all said and done, if I still wanna play music, I can sit up on stage with a piano and an acoustic and do one of those 'storytellers' kind of evenings…" GODSMACK's sixth studio album, "1000hp" (One Thousand Horsepower), was released last August.