OBITUARY To Release ‘Ten Thousand Ways To Die’ Single In October

Florida-based death metal veterans OBITUARY have announced “Ten Thousand Ways To Die”, a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band’s storied catalog. Recorded in eleven different cities during the band’s highly successful 2015 “Inked In Blood” world tour, the live tracks capture the incredible performances of a band that has stood atop the death metal pantheon for almost 30 years.

“Ten Thousand Ways To Die” will be released worldwide on October 21 on CD and digital formats and is sure to satisfy new and die-hard OBITUARY fans and will quench the bloodthirst of listeners until the band’s new album drops in spring 2017.

Listen to the new single “Loathe” below.

Commented the band: “We are very excited about the live songs that we recorded on this last U.S. tour. Joe Cincotta from Full Force Studio is also our live sound engineer and he had his full recording rig on the road with us so we took advantage of the opportunity and recorded the show every night. The quality was amazing so we decided to include this as part of the ‘Ten Thousand Ways to Die’ release to give the fans a little OB bonus! We selected songs from different cities so you will hear the sound difference between each song. Nothing was done to the songs after the live performance recording so it gives you the real, true, unedited ‘live show’ sound and feeling that the fans experienced at each show.”

OBITUARY will return to Europe as part of the colossal “Battle Of The Bays” European tour in October / November 2016 alongside San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS. Support will come from influential groove crossover metallers PRONG and Australian wrecking machine KING PARROT.

OBITUARY‘s ninth studio album, “Inked In Blood”, sold around 5,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 75 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band’s first full-length CD in over five years, “Inked In Blood” was recorded by OBITUARY in April 2014 at the group’s own RedNeck Studio in Gibsonton, Florida.


CHILDREN OF BODOM Announces North American Tour

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM will embark on a 21-date North American tour with special guests iconic black metal artist ABBATH, California-based metal act EXMORTUS, and Canada’s progressive metallers ONI. The trek, presented by The Noise, will commence in Quebec on November 23 and will hit three Canadian cities as well as Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and conclude in Brooklyn on December 19

CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho comments: “We’re happy to have finally put something cool together for our upcoming U.S. headline tour with ONI, EMORTUS and the one and only ABBATH so I’d say this tour is more than worth checkin’ out! So hope to see you there!”

This marks CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s second trek across North America in support of “I Worship Chaos”, which was released last October via Nuclear Blast.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale for select dates will begin on Wednesday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m. and will end on Thursday, August 25 at 10:00 p.m. When prompted, type in the presale code “BLABBERMOUTH” to access tickets before the general public.

The dates are as follows:

Nov. 23 – L’Imperial Bell – Quebec City, QC, Canada (Blabbermouth presale)
Nov. 24 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC (Blabbermouth presale)
Nov. 25 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON, Canada (Blabbermouth presale)
Nov. 26 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL (Blabbermouth presale)
Nov. 28 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH (Blabbermouth presale)
Nov. 29 – The Rave – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI (Blabbermouth presale)
Nov. 30 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 02 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 03 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 05 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 06 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Dec. 07 – The Pressroom – Phoenix, AZ (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 09 – Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 10 – The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 11 – House of Blues – Houston, TX (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 13 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 14 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 16 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 17 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 18 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY (Blabbermouth presale)
Dec. 19 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY (Blabbermouth presale)

In an interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Laiho spoke about the recent addition of touring guitarist Daniel Freyberg (NAILDOWN, NORTHER) to CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s lineup. He said: “I’ve actually known him for over ten years. He’s played in a couple bands so I always knew he could play guitar. When we started looking for a new member, or at least somebody to do the shows with, we tried out a couple guys who didn’t live in Finland and it didn’t work out and this guy, he was right there and he just informally brought it up, like, ‘Hey, if you guys need any help, let me know.’ I hadn’t heard him play in a while, so I had him send me a video with a couple of riffs to see if he could still play, and he rocks. He’s a hard-working dude. He’s a quick learner, and so far it’s been awesome. But the thing is, we haven’t really decided if we’re going to have him as a permanent member or not. We’re still not sure what’s going to happen for sure.”

Laiho added that there is a lot more to being in a band than just playing ability.

“When you think about it, the playing part is such a small part of being in a band because the playing should be there no matter what,” he said. “Being in a band is more about having people you get along with. We’re the kind of band who is constantly on the road, so you do basically live with each other so it’s super important that we get along. If there’s one guy that bums another guy out, it can be pretty destructive. I’ve seen that happen to so many bands, and I don’t want that around.”

CHILDREN OF BODOM in May 2015 announced the departure of the band’s guitarist of ten years, Roope Latvala. Laiho told Artisan News about Roope‘s exit from the group: “We were at a phase where we wanted to, sort of, have a new beginning and reinvent ourselves, on a certain level. And everybody — all four of us — were pushing it harder and putting more effort on the band and just working extra, extra hard. And he wasn’t quite there with us, you know, as far as the level of work ethics and, you know, stuff like that. So we felt like everyone’s better off if we part ways at this point, and that’s what happened. And, yeah, it [happened] three days before we hit the studio [to record the new CHILDREN OF BODOM album, ‘I Worship Chaos’], but it was not… I mean, it was something that everybody was sort of anticipating already. And I had… To be honest, I had decided, a month or so before that, that I was gonna do all the guitars on the album. Because, like I said, it wasn’t just working out with him.”

He continued: “I don’t wanna talk shit or anything; it’s just that that happens. It’s life. And you can’t dwell on it. It sucks. It really does, man. He was around for twelve years, and, for us, the band, it really is a family, and losing a member, it’s a big deal for us. ‘Cause we’re not the type of band [where] we change members every other week. But, you know, you’ve gotta move on. And that’s that, really.”

CHILDREN OF BODOM last year recruited Antti Wirman, the younger brother of the band’s keyboardist Janne Wirman, to handle second-guitar duties for some of their shows.

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CROWBAR’s Next Album To Arrive At The End Of September

On July 25, Metal Wani‘s Jackie Mtz conducted an interview with CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein at the Mesa, Arizona stop of the band’s “One Foot In The Grave” tour with CARCASS.

On the status of CROWBAR‘s follow-up to 2014’s “Symmetry In Black” album:

Kirk: “Well, the label [eOne Music] just received it Friday. Scott Givens, one of the guys that’s higher up at the label, I woke up to his e-mail, which was, ‘Kirk, the new album is amazing. I’m on track number 7. It’s some of the best work you’ve ever done, my friend. I can’t wait to get this out.’ So that was a great thing to wake up to, to start the day. So we’re pumped up. The record, it’s done. We have a title, but I’m not allowed to say it yet. And artwork is being worked on; all that type of stuff. The record itself, the mastered and mixed copy and files and all that kind of business have been turned in to the label. So we’re shooting for September 30 as a release date, and I think we will be able to make the deadline to release it then. Which is perfect, because we’ll be on tour from September 13th until October 22nd, so that’ll give us three weeks of touring with the record being already out, where you can purchase it. So that’ll work out great.”

On the musical direction of CROWBAR‘s next album:

Kirk: “To me, it’s a fresh old-school-sounding CROWBAR record. I mean, for me personally, I went back and started listening to older CROWBAR records, songs that I forgot we even have. We have a hundred-something songs, ones that we don’t play live. I couldn’t even name you every song on every record, other than maybe ‘Symmetry’ and [2011’s] ‘Sever The Wicked Hand’, ’cause they’re newer records. I went back and listened to a lot of older stuff, and I made a real conscious decision to listen to the bands that inspired CROWBAR in the first place, that we looked up to. I’ve been listening to a lot of TROUBLE and the first TYPE O [NEGATIVE] record, CARNIVORE, MELVINS, stuff like that… Those were the bands… SAINT VITUS… That was all a part of what created the style that we wanted our band to be — it was those bands. So I listened to a lot of that stuff. So, to me, with ‘Sever The Wicked Hand’, we brought a lot of new elements in, and especially with ‘Symmetry’, I thought we’d expanded our sound a bit. So, with the new one, there are new elements, but at the same time, to me, it feels like a fresh, 2016 old-school album. It’s more mature — writing-wise, to me, lyrically, whatnot — but the approach was kind of back to basics, back to the way we were in the old days. And we’re super pleased with it. It’s great.”

CROWBAR was recently rejoined by its founding bassist Todd “Sexy T” Strange.

Strange made his return to the group sixteen years after his initial departure from CROWBAR.

CROWBAR announced in June that it had parted ways with its bassist of less than three years, Jeff Golden.

The band’s new album was recorded at OCD Recording And Production in Metairie, Louisiana with engineer/producer Duane Simoneaux


METALLICA To Release ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ Album In November

METALLICA will release its long-awaited new album, “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”, on November 18 via Blackened Recordings. The two-CD/two-vinyl set is the Grammy Award-winning Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee’s first studio album since 2008’s multi-platinum “Death Magnetic”. “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” is available for pre-order at Metallica.com starting today in various configurations, including CD, vinyl, digital, deluxe, and deluxe deluxe versions. The album is produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed “Death Magnetic”.

“Has it really been eight years? Doesn’t feel like it! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink,” said METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich.

“We’re obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there.

“We’ve been rockin’ along in the studio with Greg, on and off, for the last 18 months firing up the creative engines again.

“Putting new music out there, getting in your faces once again and all that comes with it is what we love to do more than anything else, so strap yourselves in … INCOMING!”

“Hardwired”, the first track to be released from the forthcoming album was played for the first time earlier today during a live remote broadcast from METALLICA‘s headquarters in San Rafael, California. During an interview with Minneapolis rock station 93X discussing the band’s performance at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 20, Ulrich stunned 93X‘s Pablo by unleashing the incendiary song for the first time, much to the surprise (and delight) of the station, as well as fans around the world.

“Hardwired” will be delivered as an instant download to fans who preorder the album.

METALLICA also premiered the official video for “Hardwired” today. The clip can be viewed below.

In celebration of Saturday’s performance, the band will launch the official METALLICA pop-up store in Minneapolis this weekend. The store will have exclusive show merchandise and items not available anywhere else (including inside the stadium) as well as a wide selection of classic METALLICA merch. The Metallica Pop-Up Store will be located at 401 2nd Ave North and open on Friday, August 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Disc One

01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Now That We’re Dead
04. Moth Into Flame
05. Am I Savage?
06. Halo On Fire

Disc Two

01. Confusion
02. Dream No More
03. ManUNkind
04. Here Comes Revenge
05. Murder One
06. Spit Out The Bone

Disc Three (Deluxe Edition Only)

01. Lords Of Summer
02. Riff Charge (Riff Origins)
03. N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M. (Riff Origins)
04. Tin Shot (Riff Origins)
05. Plow (Riff Origins)
06. Sawblade (Riff Origins)
07. RIP (Riff Origins)
08. Lima (Riff Origins)
09. 91 (Riff Origins)
10. MTO (Riff Origins)
11. RL72 (Riff Origins)
12. Frankenstein (Riff Origins)
13. CHI (Riff Origins)
14. X Dust (Riff Origins)

Ulrich recently spoke to Citizens Of Humanity magazine about the musical direction of the group’s long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic”. He said: “It definitely sounds like METALLICA. It’s probably a little less frenetic than the last record. The last one [producer] Rick Rubin really encouraged us to for the first time be inspired by our past. It was the first time we sort of looked in the rearview mirror. This time around it’s a little bit of a different thing.”

Ulrich continued: “We’re not working with Rick, we’re working with the engineer from the last record, who’s producing, Greg Fidelman. So there’s some of the same production elements at play, but we’re expanding a little bit on the sonics. It’s probably a bit more of a diverse record than the last one. It’s exciting, but I don’t have quite the perspective yet.”

Ulrich also addressed the eight-year gap between studio albums, the longest of the band’s career, by saying: “I think what’s happened is our families and our domestic responsibilities are so important to us now, so we just have a new model. We’re sort of constantly doing something but never to the point of the needle going in the red, but METALLICA really hasn’t sort of shut down since around 2005, and it’s a model that works for us.”

He added: “We never work at 110 percent to the point where we drive ourselves nuts, but are sort of constantly working at two-thirds, you know — when we make the record we’re writing and we’re recording, but we’re doing it incrementally. There’s always stuff going on. It’s the way we like it. It keeps us engaged.”

Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that METALLICA no longer wants to devote large chunks of time to any one project. “You know, METALLICA, in order for it to be true and pure and honest, has to be fun,” he said. “And so the days of, you know, writing for a year and then recording for a year and then going on the road for three years — those kind of endlessly long cycles — they’re just behind us. I don’t think we have the stamina to do anything for those elongated periods of time any longer.”

METALLICA worked on the new disc on and off over the past few years, in between other projects that included a series of short tours, a film, the restoration of some of their early albums and other projects.

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STRYPER Announces ‘To Hell With The Devil’ 30th-Anniversary Tour Dates

Iconic rock band STRYPER will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its multi-platinum album “To Hell With The Devil” this fall with a world tour, featuring all four original members and complete with the original yellow-and-black costumes.

Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Sep. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Sep. 30 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Oct. 01 – Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theatre
Oct. 04 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Oct. 05 – Valdosta, GA – Salty Snapper
Oct. 06 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Oct. 08 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Oct. 09 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Oct. 14 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
Oct. 15 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Oct. 16 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove of Anaheim
Oct. 26 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Oct. 28 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
Oct. 31 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Nov. 02 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Nov. 04 – Peoria, IL – Limelight Eventplex
Nov. 05 – Hazard, KY – The Forum
Nov. 06 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Nov. 08 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
Nov. 09 – Nashville, TN – [venue to be announced]
Nov. 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Nov. 12 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
Nov. 13 – Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa
Nov. 16 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
Nov. 19 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
Nov. 20 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Nov. 21 – Raleigh, NC – City Limits Saloon

Released by Enigma Records on October 24, 1986, the Grammy-nominated “To Hell With The Devil” is the band’s third studio album and the first Christian metal album to achieve platinum status.

Throughout 1987, the music videos for “Free” and “Honestly” ranked #1 on MTV‘s list of most requested videos, and the video for “Calling On You” reached #2. STRYPER was the first band to ever have two songs in MTV‘s Top 10 simultaneously.

‘To Hell With The Devil’ literally changed our lives,” says STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet. “During that tour, we went from playing theaters and mid-sized clubs to arenas, all in a very short amount of time. We never could have predicted the wild popularity of those songs and videos — especially in the mainstream market.”

Regarding the “To Hell With The Devil” songwriting sessions, Sweet told Guitar World magazine: “We always strive to outdo ourselves, so when we made ‘To Hell With The Devil’, we wanted to make it better than ‘Soldiers Under Command’. We just went in and made a record, and it just so happens that it wound up being our most successful and most beloved. God really blessed that album.”

Added STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox: “I think it came at the right time, too. Back then, MTV was doing the whole ‘Dial MTV‘ thing and we also had video budgets. The music definitely fit in with what was going on but it was also different enough to have its own niche.”

Sweet also talked about the controversy over the album’s original cover art. He said: “There were some Christian bookstores and carriers that wanted to carry the album, but they had a problem with the cover showing angels and the pentagram being ripped from Satan. They thought it was too controversial, and because of them threatening to not carry it, we decided to change it to a black cover. It actually wound up making it even more controversial because now the album is really rare.”

William Morris Endeavor (WME) has partnered with STRYPER to book this fall’s tour.

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ANTHRAX To Play Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar To Benefit GILDA’S CLUB NYC

With October designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, New York born-and-bred thrash/metal icons ANTHRAX have announced a very special concert to be held at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on Friday, September 16.

“This has to be the most intimate show we’ve played since the early 80s which makes it so special,” said vocalist Joey Belladonna about the Saint Vitus Bar, known for putting on massive underplays in their small Brooklyn bar. Jose Mangin from SiriusXM and Affliction will be on hand to host. Tickets are priced at $50 and go on sale at noon this Friday, August 19 at this location. All proceeds will go to benefit Gilda’s Club NYC, and everyone who purchases a show ticket will get a special, limited-edition t-shirt created just for cancer awareness, courtesy of Jakprints.

In addition, ANTHRAX has joined up with artists including THE BLACK KEYS, the PIXIES, Ed Sheeran and the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to take part in this year’s Ten Bands One Cause promotion aimed at bringing awareness to October’s Cancer Awareness Month that also benefits Gilda’s Club NYC. A limited number of ANTHRAX‘s new album, “For All Kings” (Megaforce) will be pressed onto pink vinyl and released on September 27. Identified by a special sticker, the album will be available at all retail stores where vinyl is sold, through Amazon and all F.Y.E. stores. Fans will be able to get their hands on a copy of “For All Kings” pink vinyl before release date as a small quantity — all signed by the band — will be on sale at the Saint Vitus show.

The members of ANTHRAX have a very personal connection with cancer awareness. Bernadette “Tina” Benante, drummer Charlie Benante‘s mother and bassist Frank Bello‘s grandmother, passed away from cancer in 2012. “Cancer took away one of the most important people in my life,” said Bello. “I was at the hospital wheeling my grandmother to chemo and it was just brutal. Anything that we can do to not make people go through that hell is something we want to be involved with.”

The band members will tell you that Tina never missed an ANTHRAX show. When the band played New York, she was there. She loved baking cookies and she knew each band members’ personal favorites. When they played Yankee Stadium with the “Big Four,” she baked everyone’s favorites and brought them to the band’s dressing room.

“They don’t make them like that anymore,” Bello added. “She was and will always be a big part of ANTHRAX.”

The day his mom passed, Charlie wrote: “My mom was all about letting me follow my dream, she always pushed me in that direction. She was the one who would take me to buy my records, she was the one who would sit through a matinee of all five ‘Planet Of The Apes’ movies. She was the one who got me to be who I am. I am going to celebrate her life every day.”

Gilda’s Club NYC was founded in 1995 in memory of Gilda Radner, the talented comedienne and original cast member of “Saturday Night Live” who passed away in 1989 from cancer. GCNYC‘s mission is to support, educate and empower cancer patients and their families.

Said ANTHRAX‘s Scott Ian about Gilda’s Club NYC: “No one should face cancer alone. The vital support they give to cancer patients and their families is truly a noble cause and we are honored to be able to help.”

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GEOFF TATE, BLAZE BAYLEY & TIM ‘RIPPER’ OWENS Join Forces For ‘Trinity’ Tour

GEOFF TATE, BLAZE BAYLEY And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS To Join Forces For 'Trinity' Tour

Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE), Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST) are coming to you live for a very special and limited run of dates.

Dubbed “Trinity”, the trek will consist of the following shows:

Nov. 20 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
Nov. 22 – Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
Nov. 23 – Poughkeepsie. NY @ The Chance
Nov. 25 – Londonderry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
Nov. 26 – Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head on Stage
Nov. 27 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

TRINITY was previously thrown around as a name for a proposed all-star project featuring Tate, Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN) and Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST). Dickinson explained in an interview that the project’s original name, THREE TREMORS, was going to be scrapped in favor of TRINITY because “we figured they would sue our ass if we called it the THREE TREMORS.’

He continued: “I actually came over to L.A. to do some writing for that album with Roy Z. We wrote about three songs, but then realized it was going to take us a lot longer than three weeks to write a project with three singers that would work.

“We wanted to make each song designed to be sung by three different characters as an integral part of the song, not something like, ‘You sing the first verse, I’ll sing the second verse, and he’ll sing the chorus.’ That would be a crap way to do it.”

Dickinson added: “It’s a bloody difficult thing to do, to try to make a song with three different voices to get the full benefit out of it. And it takes longer than three weeks, and we didn’t have longer than that to do it, so I canned it in the end.

“It’s a great idea; everybody loves the idea… We had marketing people salivating about the idea of a TRINITY project. But the bottom line is, the thing that is gonna sink it is if the music sucks. So I thought we should can the idea for now since we don’t have time to do it. Rob was in the studio doing his album (‘Crucible’) and Geoff was writing a new QUEENSRŸCHE album, so that was it. It is an interesting idea, and I’m sure the live show would be really interesting, so perhaps in the future it will see the light of day.”