Guns N’ Roses surprise fans with Steven Adler appearance

Ever since the Not In This Lifetime Tour was announced, Guns N’ Roses stayed quiet regarding the whereabouts of original drummer Steven Adler.

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In fact, no one is sure where original rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin is on all the reunion talk either.

In Cincinnati, Axl Rose proudly introduced Steven Adler as he took the stage to perform two tunes. One of which (a personal favorite of mine), was “Out Ta Get Me” – the crowd went insane! He also sat in for “My Michelle” too (after Axl suggested that he
“guess we should do another”). This was the first time we’ve seen him perform with most of the Appetite era line-up since 1990.

I’m not jealous that I didn’t see this… at all. *sarcasm*

It makes sense that the Ohio native would choose Cincinnati to make his appearance with a newly reunited Guns N’ Roses. I’m sure plenty of family and friends were in the audience.

What I still want to know is… where’s Izzy?

New Metallica album rumored for October release

Although not yet confirmed by Universal, a report is suggesting that a new Metallica album could be ready for fans everywhere on October 14th.

We’ll keep our ears and eyes peeled for official confirmation, but if this is true, we’re in for a treat! James Hetfield recently said, “We’re super stoked about it. It’s been a long time coming, and, you know, this is what we do. We love playing, and the next album is exactly what it’s supposed to be, so we’re excited about it.”

It’s been eight years since Death Magnetic, and James himself said a fall release was the goal.

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Here’s hoping some new Metallica tunes are on the on the way!

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Metallica takes on fashion?

…well, Metallica isn’t quite coming up with their own fashion line – but they are advertising with one!

According to Blabbermouth“The campaign will be distributed on social media channels and will appear on billboards and kiosks in Paris and in The New York Times, reflecting a more focused initial print advertising buy. Wider print distribution and billboards in New York, Los Angeles and Moscow will follow in the autumn.”

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What do you think? Is an exclusive Metallica fashion line next? No word yet on why they decided to do this.

Red Hot Chili Peppers find success with ‘The Getaway’

Around the world, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have found major success with their latest release The Getaway. According to Blabbermouth,

“RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS‘ eleventh studio album, “The Getaway”, has topped the red-hot-chili-peppers-the-getaway-ltdcharts around the world. The heralded studio effort from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees landed No. 2 on The Billboard Top 200, having shifted 118,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 23.  “The Getaway” debuted at No. 1 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands and New Zealand, with No. 2 debuts in the United Kingdom and Germany.”

Personally, I love the new album! You’ll hear them take a jazzier turn with “Dark Necessities,” but the rest of the album isn’t quite the same. “Go Robot” is almost a nod to The Clash and 70’s punk era, while “Detroit” is a Pepper’s throwback that fans from the 90’s will love.

If you haven’t checked out The Getaway yet, get a taste by watching the video for “Dark Necessities,” which was directed by Olivia Wilde!

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Yep! That Olivia Wilde. Enjoy! 😉

 

 

 

Review: Whitechapel – Mark Of The Blade

Deathcore may have begun a progressive shift in 2016, and Whitechapel seem to be carrying that torch with their latest release Mark Of The Blade.

Personally, I’m not a huge Whitechapel fan, but what grabbed my interest with Mark Of The Blade, was the announcement that Phil Bozeman was going to incorporate some clean vocals for the first time ever. You can hear them in “Bring Me Home” – and I hope to hear more in the future! We’re eased into it because their soft, almost like Maynard James Keenan’s in Tool‘s “Opiate”. You can also hear cleans in “Decennium”.

In addition to Phil showcasing his clean ability, this album shines a light on guitar men Ben Savage, Zach Householder, and Alex Wade. Do yourself a favor and show on “Brotherhood” to hear how in sync they are.

Most of Mark Of The Blade is classic Whitechapel, so don’t be totally thrown off by a sudden shift to clean vocals. Stick to tracks like “Tremors” and “Tormented” to be reassured that Whitechapel are still themselves. A consistent groove is pertinent throughout the whole album.

Mark Of The Blade can be found in stores now, and on iTunes.

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To Valhalla: Flawed By Design

It’s a #FreyFriday! That’s means we’re bringing a new band to reach your awareness, and sending them to Valhalla!

Fresh from North Carolina, it’s clear that Flawed By Design will one day be taking the metal world by storm. They formed in 2012, and have released a few tunes already.

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Their bio explains, “guitarist Tony Greer and percussionist Shane Atkinson, Flawed by Design was finalized by the addition of bassist Davie Huffman. Even after Huffman’s entrance to the group and subsequent release of a four track EP, Flawed by Design struggled incessantly to find a frontman who truly fit the band – that is, until the band was united with vocalist Dillon Reynolds in early 2013.”

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n my eyes, Dillon has proven to be vocally reminiscent of both James Hetfield and Layne Staley. The crunching, unforgiving, guitar work is a bonus too.
Last year, they released A New Creation, which offers a solid piece of pure, gritty metal. You
can find it for sale on iTunes and at www.rottweilerrecords.bigcartel.com.

You won’t be disappointed when looking into these guys further! Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and their website, for more.

Led Zeppelin cleared of copyright infringement charge

Phew! We almost had a nervous moment there!


Can you imagine a world where the story of Led Zeppelin‘s finest piece of work was rewritten? 

A band called Spirit suggested that Zep’s intro for “Stairway To Heaven” was actually ripped off a piece of work of theirs called “Taurus” from 1968. In fact, they were so sure that this was the case, they took Robert Plant and Jimmy Page to court

Today, however, a jury decided the intros to the songs sound nothing alike. Therefore clearing Led Zeppelin of the charge

I have the admit, the intros sound similar but there are obvious differences too. Listen to both yourself below.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page released a joint statement, after their charge was cleared. 

“We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years,” they said. “We appreciate our fans’ support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.”

The lawsuit was originally filed in 2014. I have to wonder – why did Spirit wait until 40 years later to call this out anyway? 

A ‘Farewell Tour’ for Aerosmith?

If you ask Steven Tyler, an Aerosmith “Farewell Tour” is imminent. He recently told Howard Stern, “I wanna squash any thought that anybody might have about the band [being] over. We’re doing a farewell tour, but that’s only because it’s time.”

premio-lo-nuestro-2016-photos-joe-perryPerhaps this was in response to Joe Perry‘s recent comments suggesting otherwise,

“A farewell tour is something we’ve talked about doing for years, let’s say roughly in the last five years.

It’s just something the band’s talked about at various times. At this point, the five of us have never sat down and said, ‘It’s time to do it.’ So ‘considering’ is an appropriate word for that statement. A farewell tour is definitely not confirmed.”

The key words in that statement might be “the five of us” – that’s probably exactly where the contradiction in thoughts on the tour stem from. It looks like we’ll have to wait for an official statement from the band before we believe anything…

Until then, we can count on Steven Tyler‘s country solo album (called We’re All Somebody From Somewhere) to come out on July 15th.

Guitarist Brad Whitford recently reunited with singer Derek St. Holmes for a new album which he’s working on, and bassist Tom Hamilton will is touring with the current Thin Lizzy lineup. Joe Perry is busy touring with The Hollywood Vampires.

Five Finger Death Punch give update on Ivan Moody

It’s no secret that Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody has been battling addiction for some years. All has been quiet on their front since it was announced that he was seeking help, but now we have an update on the future of the band.

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory explained, 

“You have to change the habits on the road – what happens, what’s on the rider. You have to take off all the alcohol – even mouthwash. It’s about trying to eliminate all of the triggers.
He’s been battling his demons, and when you’re in a rock band, it can be really difficult to be on the road.

If you have any kind of addiction or addictive personality, everybody wants to hang out and party. People are going to come up to you and say, ‘Hey man, let me buy you a drink,’ or ‘Let’s hang out.’ For them, that’s a big thing. They don’t realise that to us, it was the same thing yesterday, and the day before that, and the past 300 days before that.
But you don’t want to be rude – it’s just hard for people to understand that.”  

As for what specifically the band is doing to help Ivan, Bathory says, 

“You have to change the habits on the road – what happens, what’s on the rider. You have to take off all the alcohol – even mouthwash. It’s about trying to eliminate all of the triggers.”

According to Bathory’s interview with Metal Hammer, there are quite a few options when it comes to new music from the band. He mentions, 

“Since we have six records, I think now is the time when technically we could do any kind of album. This is the moment where we can sort of experiment.

We have a couple of ideas floating around. One of them is to make a little bit of a retro record, just to have fun and do a thrash metal vibe, and then there are new ideas that are completely different, involving elements that we’ve never had before.
Both directions are exciting, so we’ll have to make a decision.”

Whatever it takes to get new music, I’m in! What do you see ahead for Five Finger Death Punch?

Review: Gojira – Magma

One of the most anticipated metal albums of 2016 was released just a week ago.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that we’re talking about Magma from French (and now New York City residents) metal group Gojira. These guys are known for developing their own unmistakable style, and in that sense, Magma won’t sound too different for Gojira fans.

If it seems like Magma is coming from a heavier place (heavier than they’ve gone before), it is. Sadly,  Joe Duplantier and Mario Duplantier‘s mother passed away during the recording of the album, so this album comes from a rough place. You can hear it. Listen to how crushing “Silvera” or “Stranded” is especially.

The intensity of tracks like that on Magma rival Meshuggah. When you need a break from being pummeled with anger and frustration, check out “Liberation”.

Joe recently commented on the slight change in style in a conversation with Full Metal Jackie, saying….

“The fact that it’s changing, the fact that there’s less demonstration in the music. It’s not as death metal-ey, it’s a little groovier and atmospheric. I guess, the biggest risk that we take is being ourselves fully and completely.”

Joe, I can tell you, the end result of Magma was worth the risk! Check out the track list below!

1. “The Shooting Star” 5:42
2. “Silvera” 3:33
3. “The Cell” 3:18
4. “Stranded” 4:29
5. “Yellow Stone” 1:19
6. “Magma” 6:42
7. “Pray” 5:14
8. “Only Pain” 4:00
9. “Low Lands” 6:04
10. “Liberation” 3:35

Magma can be found anywhere in stores, and on with iTunes or Amazon.

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