The ‘Fart’ Of Metal Shredding Perfected In New Video From DECREPIT BIRTH Drummer
Sep201426

Drummer Samus Paulicelli of California technical death metallers DECREPIT BIRTH has recorded a two-minute metal song featuring his own farts as the lead “instrument” Samus swears that “every fart you hear is real and came from my own butthole.” Check out the accompanying video clip below.

In a 2007 interview with Sick Drummer Magazine, Paulicelli stated about his musical upbringing: “According to my parents, I have been drumming since I was in diapers. Before I discovered METALLICA and SLAYER when I was ten years old, I was playing basic rock stuff like LYNYRD SKYNYRD/ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND. When I was fourteen, I discovered ‘double bass.’ I was listening to bands like DREAM THEATER and SLIPKNOT. I then discovered blast beats, etc., when I was seventeen and I heard drummers like Nick Barker [and] Derek Roddy. Black metal pretty much changed my life. I also play jazz/fusion-type stuff, but it’s never as much fun as blasting my ass off.”

ROBERT PLANT Talks New Solo Album On ‘CBS This Morning’ (Video)
Sep201426

Robert Plant was a guest on yesterday’s edition of “CBS This Morning”. You can watch video footage of his appearance below.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Plant‘s new solo set with backing band SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS earned the former LED ZEPPELIN frontman a Top 10 hit on The Billboard 200 album chart. The album, “Lullaby… And The Ceaseless Roar”, came in a full five spaces under Plant‘s previous studio set, 2010’s “Band Of Joy”, and far below his Top 2 runaway hit with Alison Krauss on their groundbreaking 2007 “Raising Sand” collection. Plant‘s 2004 album, “Mighty Rearranger”, got as high as No. 4.

Robert Plant told The Pulse Of Radio that the success he found in 2007 with the “Raising Sand” album both liberated and centered him creatively. “Following the work with Alison Krauss, which was a spectacular revival of my spirit in a way, I felt I could do more or less anything, I could sink and swim,” he explained. “There was no real big partnership moment. I don’t have to ask anybody anything. I just stood there a little bit like I did when I was about 17.”

AC/DC To Film New Music Video In Early October
Sep201426

AC/DC will film a music video for an as-yet-undisclosed song off the band’s new album, “Rock Or Bust”, on October 4 in London, England.

Fan can enter for a chance to appear in the clip by filling out the form at sweeps.acdc.com. Winners will be contacted no later than October 2.

“Rock Or Bust” will be released on December 2. The 11-song collection is AC/DC‘s first since 2008’s “Black Ice”. Starting this Saturday (September 27), Turner Sports will preview a song from the album called “Play Ball” on TBS and other Turner media outlets for several weeks as part of its 2014 Major League Baseball Post-Season coverage. It’s not clear whether “Play Ball” will also be sent to radio stations as the first single from the new CD.

A preview of “Play Ball” is available below.

AC/DC has also now made it official that founding guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group due to ill health. A statement issued by the group’s Australian record label said, “Unfortunately due to the nature of Malcolm‘s illness, he will not be rejoining the band.” His replacement is Stevie Young, the nephew of Malcolm and his brother and co-founder Angus Young.

Stevie played on the new album, which was recorded in Vancouver, Canada earlier this year. This is the first AC/DC album in the band’s 40-year history on which Malcolm Young will not appear.

AC/DC will embark on a world tour to both promote “Rock Or Bust” and celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary, although details are yet to be confirmed.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd recently shot down reports that the band was considering retirement in the wake of Malcolm‘s illness, saying, “Angus Young will never retire. We were never going to retire. It’ll never happen. Angus will never retire and as long as Angus never retires, I won’t fucking retire either.”

Despite the loss of Malcolm, Rudd said that “everything’s great in the band, we’re ready to fire up on all cylinders again.”

GODSMACK: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Entire Irvine Concert
Sep201423

Fan-filmed video footage of GODSMACK‘s entire September 16 performance at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival can be seen below.

GODSMACK‘s sixth studio album, “1000hp” (One Thousand Horsepower), sold approximately 58,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The disc, which arrived on August 5, follows up 2011’s “The Oracle”, which topped the chart with sales of 117,000 copies in its debut week.

“We kind of do it differently every time we write and record,” GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna told AMH Network about the “1000hp” songwriting process. “It was definitely a contribution from everyone. We all had musical ideas and I had a handful of songs that I brought to the table. We started carving them up, seeing which ones would make the record, and which ones were weak.”

“When songs like ‘1000hp’ was recorded, we started feeling the chemistry again, and once again felt really strong as a band.”

Erna described the sound of the “1000hp” album to The Pulse Of Radio as “a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I’m really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn’t that excited about writing this record at first.”

MOTÖRHEAD’s LEMMY On His Health: ‘I’m Getting Back There’
Sep201423

In a brand new interview with VH1.com, MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister spoke about his health more than a year after he suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel), causing the cancelation of a number of the band’s European festival shows. Lemmy was also reporetedly fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems.

“I’m getting back there,” Lemmy told VH1.com. “We’ve just done two tours. It doesn’t really matter what you do, it’s how you do it and how you feel. I gave up smoking more or less. I have one now and again but that’s about it. And I more or less gave up drinking or I switched to vodka instead of Jack Daniels, which is better for you apparently. If you’re going to drink, that’s the least harmful.”

Asked what the worst injury was that he ever suffered on tour, Lemmy said: “Well, let’s see. I once fell through a hole in the stage. I used to wear a bullet belt, right? It was chrome, you know, and I crushed two of the fucking bullets flat with my hip bone. That was an interesting half hour. Once we got on stage, by, like, the third song, I couldn’t move at all from the waist down. But, you know, you have to go on ’cause there’s three to four thousand people who have paid good money. You can’t leave them just lying there, if you can help it. Any time we’ve ever canceled anything, it was because we couldn’t actually physically do it.”

Lemmy, who turned 68 years old in December, told Classic Rock he didn’t expect to still be here at 30,

“I don’t do regrets,” he said. “Regrets are pointless. It’s too late for regrets. You’ve already done it, haven’t you? You’ve lived your life. No point wishing you could change it.

“There are a couple of things I might have done differently, but nothing major; nothing that would have made that much of a difference.

“I’m pretty happy with the way things have turned out. I like to think I’ve brought a lot of joy to a lot of people all over the world. I’m true to myself and I’m straight with people.”

Asked if his illness last year has made him more aware of his own mortality, Lemmy said: “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.”

ROB ZOMBIE Laments State Of Rock Radio In U.S.
Sep201422

Earlier this week, Troy Hayden at KSAZ-TV, channel 10, the Fox-owned and -operated television station located in Phoenix, Arizona, conducted an interview with rocker-turned-director Rob Zombie. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked for his thoughts on long-running Phoenix commercial radio station KDKB-FM (93.3) changing formats, going from rock to alternative and adopting the handle “Alt AZ 93.3, Arizona’s Alternative” as of noon, Wednesday, September 17, Rob said: “That is really a bummer, because being on tour, you can really sense it, because certain markets will be really great markets, and then they won’t be. And it always relates back to the radio station. If there’s a great station, it’s a great market, and you’ll have huge crowds. And when the rock station dies, over the years, the crowds die and dwindle off, and what would be a killer market is not a great market. And then just out of a business point of view, you tend to avoid that market, because it’s a dying market. And it’s really a drag. We used to go places and there’d be… The radio stations would literally be fighting over each other to sponsor the show, there’d be so many stations. Now it’s, like… You can’t even find one. It’s really crazy.”

Rob Zombie recently told England’s TeamRock Radio that the American rock scene never recovered from the the ’90s grunge explosion. Zombie explained, “When the grunge rock thing hit, with NIRVANA and all that, everybody thought it was cool to be anti-rock star. But in a way they sort of anti-rock starred themselves right out the door, because the rap guys came in and they said, ‘Fuck it. We’ll be the rock stars then, if you guys are going to wear flannel shirts and stare at your feet.’ And in the U.S., truthfully, rock music has never recovered from that.”

Zombie added, “A whole generation of kids thought, ‘Fuck this! Rock music is boring. Let’s go listen to rap music.’ And it’s never recovered.”

STAIND’s AARON LEWIS Safe After Plane Scare
Sep201422

STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis was forced to cancel his appearance Saturday night (September 20) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma after a private charter jet he was a passenger on veered off the taxiway and got stuck in mud. Lewis had been filming a segment for his TV show “On The Road” for the Sportsman Channel in Texas and was on his way to Tulsa when the incident occurred.

Aaron was set to depart from Warton, Texas Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.” stated a BOK Center press release. “Aaron and the television crew were tracking teal duck for his reality hunting show. After the shoot, the flight was to depart for Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Lewis was scheduled to appear [Saturday night] at the BOK Center after Brian Davis and Chase Bryant as direct support to Brantley Gilbert on the ‘Let It Ride’ tour.”

Said Lewis in a statement: “I’m so glad that we are safe. However, I am really sorry that the fans in Tulsa were disappointed and let down with me not making [Saturday night's] show. I promise I’ll be back in Tulsa soon.”

Lewis‘ first full-length country album, “The Road”, came out in November 2012 via Blaster Records through Warner Music Nashville.

STAIND played just a handful of shows this year, with Lewis devoting much of 2014 to solo shows.

The last STAIND album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011. The band does not yet have plans to enter the studio.

Guitarist Mike Mushok told the Midland Daily News back in May about the band’s future, “It’s got to be something that Aaron wants to do. I always enjoy writing with [Aaron] and I look forward to it. We complement each other. He makes what I do better.”

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Guitarist Says Heavy Metal Bands And Fans ‘Stick Together’
Sep201418

In a brand new interview with Out Of The Blue, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory was asked what he thinks his band’s extraordinary commercial success says about FIVE FINGER‘s music and heavy metal in general.

“Well, we are here to stay. That’s what that really means,” he said. “I mean, look at this genre, you know. People who are into rock music, there are a couple of characteristics of rock and heavy metal music fans. One of them is loyalty.

“When you get into this, it’s not just the flavor of the month. It’s almost like you’re committed, you know what I mean? This is something like this is a lifestyle thing. It’s a lifelong thing.

“I don’t know anybody — personally, I don’t know anybody — who would say, ‘Yeah, man, when I was younger, I used to listen to these crazy bands, but not anymore.’ You know, “I used to listen to SLAYER, man but now I’m a big Eminem fan.’ Which, I love Eminem, but my point is people who got into this style of music, people who got into the scene they don’t really ever leave. It’s more than that. It’s not just the music. Because these bands are banding together [on the road] and more and more of these [package] tours [are taking place], everybody’s grouping together. When the genre is not the most popular, that’s when it’s really tested and when you are being really tested, that’s when brotherhood happens. That’s what bonds people together: hardship and suffering. When you have to accomplish something together, those are the real bonding elements of everything in life. And when it comes to a musical genre, when it’s hard, when it’s not, you know, and hard rock is not the most popular thing in the world, the believers, the bands, look at us, HELLYEAH and VOLBEAT, we stick together and do this together and form friendships and brotherhoods. And that’s the only way.

“Calm seas don’t make great sailors. It’s always the hardship, it’s always the difficult times that forge these things. Look at the soldier— the reason that soldiers have such a connection [is] because they really depend on each other, their lives depends on each other. And so they forge brotherships and friendships that are lifelong and an almost unbreakable bond. And I know it’s maybe a little bit an offshoot example, but that’s kind of what happens, in my opinion, with rock music today — these bands are sticking together. And when anybody gets successful for anything, we are actually happy for each other, you know.

“I’m just happy that I’m part of this scene that I got addicted to this when I was a little kid and I’m proud to be a member of that heavy metal community, especially in times when we are sticking together and doing something great.”

Each one of the first three FIVE FINGER albums has been certified gold in the U.S. for sales of 500,000 copies or more.

Despite releasing two CDs’ worth of material last year, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is already looking toward its next studio project. Drummer Jeremy Spencer told Artisan News, “We’re at the studio right now, and we’re recording some new material. And after we finish the [fall North American co-headlining] tour with VOLBEAT, we’re gonna go back in and try to finish up everything in the winter and then get something out late spring [or] early summer.”

Spencer added that the band has demoed four songs so far, saying, “I’m liking what I’m hearing, but there’s a long way to go… We’ll judge the body of work when it’s done.”

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH released “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell” in two parts last year, with the first arriving in July 2013 and the second following last November. The first half alone has sold more than 415,000 copies in the U.S.

 

MEGADETH’s Previously Unreleased Video For ‘Back In the Day’ Sees Light Of Day
Sep201415

10 years ago, MEGADETH‘s tenth studio album, “The System Has Failed”, was released. In honor of that day (September 14), the band uploaded a previously unreleased video for the track “Back In the Day”. This cli[ was produced in 2005 and not made available until now.

In other news, Universal Enterprises (UMe) will issue the first five platinum-selling Capitol MEGADETH albums on limited-edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in North America on November 11.

Titles include 1986’s “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?”, 1988’s “So Far, So Good…So What!” and 1990’s “Rust In Peace”, as well as 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction” and 1994’s “Youthanasia”, both making their debut on picture disc. Each album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and will feature the remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original album track listings.

When MEGADETH signed to Capitol Records, they were already well established in the underground metal scene. A blistering three-song demo, which led to their debut independent studio album, “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!”, and a string of now legendary West Coast live shows cemented their reputation.

Their groundbreaking 1986 major label debut “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” featuring classics such as “Wake Up Dead”, “Devil’s Island” and “Peace Sells”, reached #76 on The Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell more than a million copies, going platinum in the U.S. and Canada.

1988’s “So Far, So Good…So What!” reached #28 on The Billboard Top 200 and features “In My Darkest Hour”, Dave Mustaine‘s dark and heavy ode to the late Cliff Burton, the fast-paced “Hook In The Mouth” and a cover of “Anarchy In The U.K.”, further bridging the gap between punk and metal and featuring original SEX PISTOLS‘ guitarist Steve Jones.

1990’s critically acclaimed, platinum-selling “Rust In Peace” features live staples “Hangar 18″ and “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”. Upon its release, “Rust In Peace” reached #23 on The Billboard Top 200.

1992 saw the arrival of the Grammy-nominated, double-platinum release “Countdown To Extinction”. It debuted at #2 on The Billboard 200 and features the singles “Sweating Bullets”, “Foreclosure Of A Dream” and “Symphony Of Destruction” all of which went Top 30 on the Mainstream Rock chart, with the latter making the Billboard Hot 100.

MEGADETH‘s sixth studio release was the platinum-selling “Youthanasia”. The album was released in 1994 and reached #4 on The Billboard 200 with the singles “Train Of Consequence” and “A Tout le Monde” both reaching Top 30 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.

MEGADETH has created metal masterpieces for nearly three decades, selling more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning 11 Grammy nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums, including 1992’s two-million-selling “Countdown To Extinction”.

The band continued to break new ground and earn new accolades with their 2013 release, “Super Collider”, reaching #6 on The Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts.

BRET MICHAELS: ‘It Looks Like’ POISON Will Tour In 2015
Sep201415

POISON singer Bret Michaels has confirmed to the Cleveland Scene that the band is in talks to hit the road in 2015. “It looks like it will happen,” he said. “It’s been a few years. We just want to put together the right package and show to celebrate with everyone.”

Asked about the status of a new POISON studio album, Michaels said: “When the time’s right, I’m sure it will happen,” he said. “We are all just in different places right now — but we are never done making music.”

POISON drummer Rikki Rockett recently told the “Iron City Rocks” podcast that the band has been doing “corporate gigs for different companies, which are fun, and they pay very well. It gives us a chance to all get together and play. And, in fact, we have one in October and we have one in January [2015]. But they are the only shows that POISON is doing this year; we are not doing a tour this year. There is a few things that are being thrown around right now by our management for next spring, and we’ll just have to see.”

Rockett took to Twitter in February 2014 to complain that POISON couldn’t hit the road this summer because a certain member of the glam-metal act was “making it a problem.”

POISON last toured the U.S. in 2012 as part of the “Rock Of Ages” package with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD.

The last POISON album was 2007’s covers set “Poison’d!”, while the band’s last collection of new, original music was 2002’s “Hollyweird”.

To celebrate POISON‘s 25th anniversary, 35 of the multi-platinum band’s top hits and fan favorites were gathered for “Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits”, a career-spanning 2CD and digital collection which was released in May 2011 by Capitol/EMI.

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