HEAVY MONTREAL On Hiatus In 2017

HEAVY MONTREAL On Hiatus In 2017

Concert promoter Evenko has announced that Heavy Montreal, the rendezvous of heavy music lovers, will be on hiatus in 2017 in order to return, stronger than ever, on July 28-29, 2018 at Parc Jean-Drapeau and on July 27, 2018 with Heavy In The City.

“During the past eight editions of Heavy Montreal, we always focused on the quality of the experience in order to give metal and rock fans a first-rate festival,” said Nick Farkas, vice-president, concerts and events at Evenko. “Several factors, including the renovations at Parc Jean-Drapeau and the increase in cultural events during Montreal’s 375th anniversary, contributed to our decision. We truly believe that a hiatus in 2017 before strongly returning in 2018 will ensure the festival’s sustainability as well as offer festivalgoers an edition that will make them proud.”

While awaiting the return of the festival in July 2018, Evenko will continue as always to offer a rich lineup of more than a hundred rock and metal shows a year to fans of heavy music. In the next few months, the Heavy Montreal team will announce several 2017 events that the metal and rock community are sure to enjoy.

Among the major must-see events of 2017, there will be the Montreal date of the “Not In This Lifetime” tour by the legendary GUNS N’ ROSES, who will perform at Parc Jean-Drapeau on August 19.

Heavy Montreal and Evenko members will have access to a presale starting on Thursday, December 8 at 10 a.m. Tickets will officially go on sale the next day, December 9 at noon.

“The fact that we’re moving to a temporary site next year for Osheaga and ÎleSoniq (and for Heavy Montreal, if it was to happen), that weighed on us,” Farkas told the Montreal Gazette. “This year, we thought we really hit on a really cool site and we want to be able to make sure that we can replicate something good going into 2018. And there’s a ton of traffic (in the summer of 2017) in terms of metal and hard-rock stuff. We just thought, all signs point to taking a year off.

“We did it before. We took off 2009 when there was a lot of traffic, and came back stronger than ever in 2010. … It’s just a year off. It’s a hiatus. GUNS N’ ROSES is a huge deal, and there’s other stuff that we’re going to be announcing soon. The Heavy brand isn’t going anywhere. We’ll be doing Heavy-presented events this summer, and last year was a great year. So we’re excited for the future.”

BLABBERMOUTH.NET was an official partner of the eighth edition of Heavy Montreal, which took place this past August at the Plaine des Jeux of Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DISTURBED, NIGHTWISH and VOLBEAT are among the bands that performed at this year’s edition.

SCOTT IAN Is Working On His Second Book

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Is Working On His Second Book

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed that he has begun work on the follow-up to his 2014 autobiography, “I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax”. He told Ultimate Classic Rock: “It’s all stories that didn’t fit into the flow of the first book. The first book is an autobiography and, at least for me, there’s a certain flow to that and the way I wanted the story to move along at a really quick pace. There’s just a lot of stories I had written that just really didn’t fit into it — not because they were to tangential, but because I felt they were kind of taking you away from the path a little bit too much. That’s where I ended up with a whole list of really great tales that just didn’t work in the first book, but in a book full of stories? They’re gonna be great.”

Ian added that “writing is pretty much my favorite thing to be able to do. But I’d like to write more, whether it be for comics or movies. It’s not something I’ve gone out and pitched myself for at all, because I just don’t have the time now. Maybe when I do have the time I’ll have honed my abilities a bit more, and maybe I’ll have an idea to go pitch to somebody.”

“I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax” was released in October 2014 via Da Capo Press.

Ian told Rolling Stone that his first book wasn’t your typical rock-star autobiography, with stories of excess, partying, and drugs. “My story doesn’t follow that same storyline that every single book seems to,” he said. “My book — I hate to sound cheesy — but it’s really a tale about how anyone can do something if they really work hard at it. I swear to God, just out of being a fucking tenacious prick, that’s how this band happened. I just never, ever, ever took ‘no’ for an answer and never stopped working. And I still have that attitude.”

ANTHRAX will head to New York next week to co-headline (with MEGADETH) the 2016 Revolver Music Awards on Tuesday, December 13.

The band’s latest album, “For All Kings”, sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart.

ALICE COOPER Has Begun Recording Demos For Next Album

ALICE COOPER Has Begun Recording Demos For Next Album

Alice Cooper has begun recording demos for his next studio album, which may or may not feature contributions from the surviving original members of the ALICE COOPER band: bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer Neal Smith.

During an interview with The Arizona Republic about this year’s annual Christmas Pudding event, Cooper revealed that he started tracking demos for his new disc on December 5 with longtime producer Bob Ezrin once again behind the boards.

“We’re recording demos right now,” he said. “We’re writing and recording demos. We have three songs from the original band that we’re gonna look at and see if we can turn them into something. If not, we tried. But Neal and Mike and Dennis and I wrote songs together. And what we always do, we know the best ten songs are gonna make the album. It doesn’t matter where they came from. I’m gonna always write the lyrics. And I’m gonna always arrange it. And Bob‘s always gonna produce it. If the song comes from Neal, Mike and Dennis, great! I would love that. We have those songs sitting there. We just have to see if they fit in.”

Cooper added that there is “not really much of a concept” for his forthcoming effort. “It’s gonna be a pure riff-rock-and-roll album,” he said. “If anything, we gonna try and make it as close to ‘Killer’ and ‘Love It To Death’ as possible.”

As previously reported, Cooper reunited with Dunaway, Bruce and Smith for a surprise set at one of Dunaway‘s book signings in 2015, and a special seven-inch single containing two songs from the performance was made available last month for this year’s Record Store Day Black Friday.

Ezrin produced Alice‘s original multi-platinum “Welcome To My Nightmare” album in 1975, as well as Cooper‘s most recent effort, 2011’s “Welcome 2 My Nightmare”.


Former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo‘s SUPERJOINT RITUAL project — now known simply as SUPERJOINT for legal reasons — will embark on a U.S. tour in January. Support on the trek, which kicks off January 12 in Austin, Texas, will come from BATTLECROSS and CHILD BITE.

Confirmed dates (with more to be announced soon):

Jan. 12 – Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
Jan. 13 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Jan. 17 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
Jan. 19 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
Jan. 20 – Valparaiso, IN – Big Shots
Jan. 21 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
Jan. 22 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
Jan. 24 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
Jan. 25 – Indianapolis, IN – The Emerson Theater
Jan. 27 – Arlington Heights, IL – House Of Music & Ent.
Jan. 28 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s Concert Venue

SUPERJOINT‘s new album, “Caught Up In The Gears Of Application”, was released on November 11 via Anselmo‘s Housecore record label. The disc was recorded at Philip‘s New Orleans-area studio, Nodferatu’s Lair and was produced by Anselmo and Stephen Berrigan. The effort was mastered by Scott Hull (AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, PIG DESTROYER) at Visceral Sounds.

SUPERJOINT‘s current lineup includes guitarists Kevin Bond (CHRIST INVERSION, ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER) and Jimmy Bower (DOWN, EYEHATEGOD), drummer José Manuel Gonzalez (WARBEAST, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) and bassist Stephen Taylor (PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, WOVEN HAND, 16 HORSE POWER).

“The minute we started writing, I knew this record would be brutal,” reflects Bower.

“Sticking to our true hardcore roots and signature SUPERJOINT sound, we accomplished a record that needed to happen in today’s underground. It’s pissed off!

“After being on hiatus for eleven-plus years, the chance at a new SUPERJOINT record wasn’t something we took lightly.

“With newcomers Steven and Joey, we were psyched and eager to get in the Lair and start writing and after two tours with the new lineup, we were able to hit the writing hard! Didn’t take long to accomplish, and we stood and smirked at the playback of what would be the new SUPERJOINT record.

“With songs like ‘Receiving No Answer To The Knock’ and ‘Sociopathic Herd Delusion’, we had everything to smirk about!

“This record brings our viscous style of hardcore back to life.

“Pissed off with everything to prove, SUPERJOINT is back!”

Adds Anselmo: “The overall theme [of the album] means many things, or no things, but there is an underlying message regardless, about how modern technology — computers and all that comes with them, mainly — has affected our lives. As a musician, it has affected my life both negatively (music being stolen) and positively (being in touch with fellow musicians around the world and staying visible). But when looking at the broader spectrum, computer-land has given everyday people a platform in which to bellow like carnival barkers about anything and everything, humdrum or political, whether qualified or not, some with good intentions, some with disingenuous intentions, and some with ideas that lay somewhere in the middle, creating a mishmash of results.”

Anselmo told Decibel magazine that SUPERJOINT was forced to drop the “RITUAL” from its name was “because there’s a bloodsucking leech out there who took advantage of a situation. But we’re all at fault as well for signing a document that basically has a zero sunset clause, meaning that this person is privy to a cut of any money a ‘SUPERJOINT RITUAL‘ would make. Hence getting rid of the ‘RITUAL,’ coming back as SUPERJOINT, and cutting out that cancer.”



MAYHEM To Release ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive’

Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM are celebrating the release of their 1994 landmark “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” full-length with tours across the globe. This coming January, the band will march their way across North America performing the record in its monumental entirety.

In conjunction with their many live appearances, MAYHEM will also release “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive” on December 15. The album was captured live in Norrköping, Sweden last year during the band’s headlining set at the Black Christmass Festival. The show marked MAYHEM‘s first time ever playing “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” in full.

A press release states about the first single, “From The Dark Past”: “‘From The Dark Past’ has not been played many times live before, yet is in many ways an archetypical song from the band, containing key elements that are scattered throughout the rest of the album — blizzard blast beats and eerie atmospherics, all, of course, adorned by vocalist Attila Csihar‘s unique voice within the genre. ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’ is widely considered one of the most influential black metal albums of all time, and this is the first time in history this classic album from 1994 is performed live in its entirety.”

Sample “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive” footage of “From The Dark Past”, as well as “Life Eternal”, below.

“De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna and NBS Audio and produced by Csihar and guitarist Teloch with light production by Anne Weckstrom, stage design and production by Jonas Svensson, video recording by Thornfields Production and video editing by Tamàs Tarczi. The celebratory release will come available on CD, LP, and DVD (the first 1000 copies are numbered) as well as digitally on December 15.

“De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive” track listing:

01. Funeral Fog
02. Freezing Moon
03. Cursed In Eternity
04. Pagan Fears
05. Life Eternal
06. From The Dark Past
07. Buried By Time And Dust
08. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

MAYHEM will return to North America on January 20 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for a headlining tour that will pillage its way through two dozen cities, the trek coming to a close on February 19 in New York. Support will be provided by BLACK ANVIL and INQUISITION.


OPETH And GOJIRA To Join Forces For Short U.S. Tour

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will join forces with France’s GOJIRA for a short run of U.S. dates in May.

The details are as follows:

May 04 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
May 05 – Concord, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway (Carolina Rebellion)
May 06 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
May 07 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 09 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
May 11 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 12 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland
May 13 – Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre
May 14 – Somerset, WI – Somerset Amphitheater (Northern Invasion)

GOJIRA‘s latest album, “Magma”, was released on June 17 via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2012’s “L’Enfant Sauvage” was recorded at GOJIRA frontman Joseph Duplantier‘s Silver Cord Studio in Queens, New York.

Asked what the title of GOJIRA‘s new album, “Magma”, means to him, Joseph Duplantier told Kerrang!: “To me, ‘magma’ is the primal energy. It’s the blood of the earth. It’s hot. It’s dangerous. It is the guts. It’s this music. It’s the music we play. It’s fusion. It’s fire. It’s electricity. It’s… everything that we’re trying to express with this music. That’s what it means to me, ‘magma.'”

Joseph also talked about how he comes up with all those heavy GOJIRA riffs. He said: “I don’t know if we have a formula or a secret to write some of our riffs. But I wanna say that we connect ourselves to a certain energy, we put ourselves in a certain state of mind naturally. The kind of music we wanna hear, the kind of riffs we wanna hear are intricate and heavy and spiritual and there’s a part of mystery in it. So we put ourselves in this kind of state of mind. But, really, we have visions when we play. When I’ve got my guitar, I’m already in a certain mood, and then everything that comes out will be in that specific mood. Yeah, I guess we’re really connected to all… everything that’s nature… Ideas like infinity, outer space, black holes [are] very inspiring for heavy riffs.”

OPETH‘s twelfth album, “Sorceress”, was released at the end of September.

For the band’s first effort for Nuclear Blast via OPETH‘s imprint label Moderbolaget Records, the group returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from QUEEN, RUSH and JUDAS PRIEST, where the Swedes had tracked “Pale Communion” in 2014 with Tom Dalgety

“It’s got a little bit of everything,” OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt told Guitar World about the album’s musical direction. “There are some progressive moments, some jazz moments, some acoustic things. And even though it’s not a death-metal record, it’s still got some really heavy moments in there as well.”




METALLICA, DISTURBED, BARONESS, GOJIRA, KORN, MEGADETH and PERIPHERY are among the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on February 12, 2017 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category are as follows:

BARONESS – “Shock Me”
GOJIRA – “Slivera”
KORN – “Rotting in Vain”
MEGADETH – “Dystopia”
PERIPHERY – “The Price Is Wrong”

METALLICA‘s “Hardwired” is also nominated in the “Best Rock Song” category, while GOJIRA is nominated in the “Best Rock Album” category for “Magma”. The French metal band will compete for the trophy with BLINK-182 (“California”), CAGE THE ELEPHANT (“Tell Me I’m Pretty”), PANIC! AT THE DISCO (“Death Of A Bachelor”), and WEEZER (“Weezer”).

DISTURBED is nominated in the “Best Rock Performance” category for “The Sound Of Silence” (live on “Conan”), up against ALABAMA SHAKES (“‘Joe” Live From Austin City Limits), Beyonce featuring Jack White (“Don’t Hurt Yourself”), David Bowie (“Backstar”), and TWENTY ONE PILOTS (“Heathens”).

Elsewhere, Joe Bonamassa gets a nod for “Live At The Greek Theatre”, nominated in the “Best Traditional Blues Album” category.

The Grammys are voted on by approximately 13,000 Recording Academy members, who are comprised of artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. More than 21,700 recordings were submitted for Grammys consideration this year. For 2017 awards, music must have been released between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016, in order to be eligible.