MARILYN MANSON & KORN’s JONATHAN DAVIS Working On Acoustic Project

MARILYN MANSON And KORN's JONATHAN DAVIS Working On Acoustic ProjectAccording to The Pulse Of Radio, Marilyn Manson says he’s working on “Southern-sounding” acoustic blues material — and that it will feature KORN‘s Jonathan Davis. Speaking in a Reddit session with fans, Manson revealed that a “completely unexpected” project he hinted at earlier this month was an unplugged record, explaining, “That’s some of the plans of the style of music that I’m working on right now. I don’t know what it’ll turn into. Some of it will be with Jonathan Davis, I think, because he has plans of doing something similar — something that might even cross over the boundaries of being more Southern-sounding.”

Manson added, “I did record [1995 EP] ‘Smells Like Children’ in Mississippi, which is where the blues came from, so there might be something more acoustic and blues in my future. I like the rawness of it.”

Davis recently posted a photo on Instagram showing him working in the studio with country duo BIG & RICH on what was dubbed a “country music project.”

Manson and Davis last joined forces in 2002 on a song called “Redeemer” for the soundtrack of the movie “Queen Of The Damned”.

The shock rocker also recently said he was working on music with actor Johnny Depp, and added that he wouldn’t be surprised if he and SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan collaborated in the studio as well after their upcoming summer tour together.

The MANSON/PUMPKINS “End Of Times” tour begins on July 7 in Concord, California.

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New DANZIG Album Of All-Original Material Will Not Arrive Before 2016

New DANZIG Album Of All-Original Material Will Not Arrive Before 2016Glenn Danzig‘s long-awaited covers record, “Skeletons”, will be released in Europe this fall via Evilive Music/AFM Records. A new DANZIG album of all-original material will not arrive until early 2016.

Glenn Danzig recently spoke to RollingStone.com about “Skeletons”. The CD, which was recorded with PRONG guitarist/vocalist Tommy Victor and former TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly, will include the former MISFITS frontman’s take on songs by BLACK SABBATH (“N.I.B.”), ZZ TOP (“Rough Boy”), THE TROGGS (“A Girl Like You”), THE EVERLY BROTHERS (“Crying In The Rain”) and others.

Regarding his decision to wear full skull makeup for the first time since his MISFITS days nearly 40 years ago for the “Skeletons” photo shoot, Glenn said: “I wore makeup only at a couple of live shows and maybe for a photo shoot. I think it was originally for a Halloween show, ’79, at [New York City’s] Irving Plaza. I also had the skeleton shirt and skeleton clothes on, so I was a full punk skeleton man. I can’t remember if it was that show or the next year’s Halloween show that we hung dead animal heads and limbs and carcasses all over the place. It smelled like a slaughterhouse. It looked like a slaughterhouse because it actually was.”

The singer also said that he is almost done making a new DANZIG album of all-original material. “It’s pretty much all recorded, except I keep writing extra songs so I’m gonna go back in the studio probably at the end of June,” he said. “Some of it’s very swampy and dark, some of it’s…I don’t know what the right word is. It’s pretty heavy though.”

Danzig has also been recording cover versions of Elvis songs for a possible EP release. “I’m making it a little different,” he said. “Some of the stuff I’m stripping down, bare bones, very old-school fifties echoey slap-back vocals, piano, guitar. It’s pretty much done, but every time I go back into the studio to work on a new DANZIG record, if we have time, I’m like, ‘Let’s do another song.’ So we’ll see what ends up on the record.”

GEOFF TATE’s OPERATION: MINDCRIME To Release ‘The Key’ Album In September

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OPERATION: MINDCRIME, the new band led by former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate, will release its debut album, “The Key”, on September 18 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Named after QUEENSRŸCHE‘s epic concept album from 1988, “Operation: Mindcrime”, Tate‘s new band features John Moyer (DISTURBED), drummers Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) and Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, OZZY OSBOURNE), keyboardist Randy Gane (MYTH), and guitarists Kelly Gray (QUEENSRYCHE 1998 – 2001, 2012 – 2014) and Scott Moughton. The CD includes special appearances by David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Mark Daily and Scott Mercado.

OPERATION: MINDCRIME last Thursday (June 25) filmed a video for an as-yet-undisclosed song from “The Key”. The clip is one of two OPERATION: MINDCRIME videos which are being produced and directed by Seattle filmmaker and documentarian Jamie Burton Chamberlin (of Black Dahlia Films), who previously worked with DUFF MACKAGAN’S LOADED on “The Taking” series.

“The Key” will be the first part of OPERATION: MINDCRIME‘s trilogy project which Tate began recording in 2014.

Tate, who was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in June 2012, told Heavy Metal Television about the upcoming trilogy: “I love writing stories, and I love creating musical stories, and I wanted to do something that was very in-depth. As it looks, it’s gonna take about three records to cover this story.”

He continued: “It’s an international story set in many places around the world. And it’s a bit of a mystery that I think will be interesting to follow along to see if they can solve.

“I know I always like mysteries; I like to see if I can figure out what’s happening and where things are going.”

Tate added: “I think it’s gonna be one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. I’m very excited about the music. It’s very intense and very progressive, very heavy, very light… It kind of covers a lot of ground, which I think a story should. I mean, a story shouldn’t be static; it should have different movements to it, and it should have different shades of color, so that’s what this hasm and it’s written with that in mind.”

Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories though his music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date.

“I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story,” commented Geoff. “I knew that one record wouldn’t cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy.”

CHRIS CAFFERY To Release ‘Your Heaven Is Real’ Solo Album In August

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Renowned for his work as a member of SAVATAGE and the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, guitarist and songwriter Chris Caffery will release his fifth solo album, “Your Heaven Is Real”, in North America on August 21 via Metalville. The follow-up to 2009’s “House Of Insanity” finds Caffery showcasing his musical abilities performing lead vocals, all electric and acoustic guitars, bass and keyboards parts. Drummer Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, BILLY IDOL, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Grammy-nominated keyboardist and composer Lonnie Park round out the lineup with a guest appearance from violinist Abigail Stahlschmidt on the track “Over And Over”.

“Your Heaven Is Real” was recorded, mixed and produced by Caffery at Face The Music Studios in New York, with additional recording done by Lonnie Park at Ultimate Sound in Groton, New York and Brian Tichy‘s Big Timers Studio in Canyon Country, California.

“This new record is very special to me,” says Caffery. “It represents a lot of new beginnings. I really enjoy being a vocalist as well as a guitarist and expressing not only my life, but life in general through my music. I hope everyone enjoys this new journey in my musical career as much as I enjoyed making it.”

In addition to performing with SAVATAGE and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, Chris has appeared on several releases as a guest musician. He has recorded with Joe Lynn Turner, TM Stevens, toured as the guitarist for the legendary German metal vocalist Doro Pesch as well as a solo tour supporting HEAVEN & HELL with Tim “Ripper” Owens‘s band in Europe. He co-wrote and played the guitars on the song “The Shadows Are Alive” on Owens‘s first solo release, “Play My Game”.

“Your Heaven Is Real” track listing:

01. Your Heaven Is Real
02. Arm And A Leg
03. Just Fine
04. Why
05. Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don’t
06. Hot Wheelz
07. I Never Knew
08. Sick And Tired
09. Death By Design
10. 2-26-15
11. Too Soon To Be Too Late
12. Over And Over
13. Come Home

KNOTFEST 2015 Complete Details Revealed

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Knotfest returns to the San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, California this fall, with an unprecedented lineup of metal and heavy music titans, spread out over three nights.

The SLIPKNOT-curated event, now in its third year (and second as a Southern California weekend destination festival), attracted over 50,000 fans in 2014, and looks to top that in 2015 with over fifty of the heaviest bands in the world, playing on four stages on Friday, October 23 (pre-party), Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25.

The weekend will feature performances from JUDAS PRIEST, KORN, BRING ME THE HORIZON, MASTODON, TRIVIUM, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, CLUTCH, MOBB DEEP, GHOSTFACE KILLA, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, CANNIBAL CORPSE, GWAR, BEARTOOTH and many more. SLIPKNOT will close the Main Stage on Sunday night.

Knotfest returns to Southern California for round two and with legends like JUDAS PRIEST headlining night one and a lineup of some of the greatest acts in metal and heavy music, we couldn’t be more excited,” says SLIPKNOT‘s M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown).

Knotfest co-founder and 5B Artist Management president Cory Brennan adds: “We knew we had to build upon the monumental success of last year’s festival and we believe we’ve done just that with this epic lineup of bands.”

Rich Best, Live Nation‘s executive vice president of booking, agrees, saying, “Metal fans are in for a weekend they will never forget.”

In addition to an unrivaled lineup of some of the best bands in the world, Knotfest is as always a sensory overload experience — and Knotfest 2015 will only up the ante. Previous years have featured festival attractions, a Slipknot Museum (curated by the band), carnival rides, drums circles, pillars of fire, freaks, fire-breathers, and stilt-walkers…. and as always, for the members of SLIPKNOT, the mission is to push the limits even further this time around.

Knotfest two-day tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. PST on Monday, June 29 at Knotfest.com. Limited quantities of Early Bird Discounted 2-day festival tickets, as well as VIP and Camping (RV and dry camping directly adjacent to the venue, is available for Oct. 23-Oct. 26) packages are also available while supplies last.

To view all ticket options for Knotfest, visit Knotfest.com.

Doors will open at 12:00 p.m. each day, with music starting soon after doors.

Knotfest 2015 Lineup

Saturday, October 24

Main Stage

JUDAS PRIEST
KORN
MASTODON
TRIVIUM
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY

[Special guest to be announced]

Second Stage:

AT THE GATES
BODY COUNT
RED FANG
BATTLECROSS

Third Stage:

GWAR
BORN OF OSIRIS
THE SWORD
GOATWHORE

Fourth Stage (Extreme):

KATAKLYSM
BELPHEGOR
INQUISITION
ABYSMAL DAWN

Sunday October 25

Main Stage:

SLIPKNOT
BRING ME THE HORIZON
CLUTCH
GHOSTFACE KILLA
MOBB DEEP

Second Stage:

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
ALL THAT REMAINS
KYNG
BEARTOOTH

Third Stage:

CANNIBAL CORPSE
HELMET
SNOT
DEVOUR THE DAY

Fourth Stage (Extreme):

SIX FEET UNDER
DYING FETUS
DISGORGE
INTERNAL BLEADING
GREEN DEATH

VIVIAN CAMPBELL’s LAST IN LINE Won’t Release Debut Album Before 2016

VIVIAN CAMPBELL's LAST IN LINE Won't Release Debut Album Before 2016The release date of the much-anticipated debut album from LAST IN LINE — the band featuring DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB — has been pushed back to early 2016. The CD was recorded at a Southern California studio with producer Jeff Pilson, a veteran bassist who has played with DIO, FOREIGNER, DOKKEN and T&N, among others.

Speaking to JAM Magazine, Vivian stated about the formation of LAST IN LINE: “That came about by accident and not design. A few years ago, DEF LEPPARD were on hiatus, and I got a call from Scott Gorham from THIN LIZZY asking if I’d be interested to go on tour and play guitar with THIN LIZZY. So, of course, I said yes.”

He continued: “THIN LIZZY were such a hugely influential band to me, and the guitar players in that band — Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, and then, in later years, Gary Moore — were a huge, huge influence on my playing. So, for me, to be on stage with Scott and with Brian Downey, the original drummer, playing those songs really re-ignited my passion for playing my instrument again. So when I came home from that tour, I called Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain, the original drummer and bass player from the DIO band. Vinny and Jimmy and I wrote and recorded the first three DIO albums with Ronnie Dio; we did the ‘Holy Diver’ album, the ‘The Last In Line’ album and the ‘Sacred Heart’ album. So, I just wanted to play guitar again. So we went into a rehearsal room and we started playing this stuff. And it had been over 27 years since we played [together], but it could have been 27 minutes, because the chemistry was still there and it was very immediate. So, one thing led to another. We kind of said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we actually had a singer to kind of complete it, to round it out?’ And Vinny suggested this guy called Andrew Freeman that he knew, and Andy only lived about ten minutes away, so he literally called him there and then. Andy was available, Andy drove down to the rehearsal room, and he started singing. And I just got goosebumps on my arms, because it was so emotionally powerful to be able to play these songs again with Vinny and Jimmy. But Andy was bringing an equal amount of passion and power to it that Ronnie would have brought, but he had a totally different sound to his voice, a whole different tonality. And that really got me thinking about… If he had walked in there sounding just like Ronnie, it would have been creepy. But the fact that he had equal power but sounded totally different got me thinking that this would be a different kind of a take on these original songs.”

He went on to say: “So we booked some shows, and we played songs from the first three [DIO] albums. We called the band LAST IN LINE after the second DIO album. And the response was really, really, really good. And we weren’t thinking about doing new music, but we actually got offered a record deal by an Italian label called Frontiers Records. So, we thought, ‘Well, why not? If somebody is offering us a budget to make the record.’ So we went in the studio and we started writing, and it was very immediate, it was very, very easy. In fact, [the songs came together] the way they did when we were writing ‘Holy Diver’. It all started with Jimmy and Vinny and myself getting into a room, just the three of us, exchanging musical ideas. And Ronnie would come down later and we’d play him what we had and he would sit in the back of the room with a notepad, and he’d write lyrics and then he’d get up and he’d sing. And within four or five or six hours, we’d have [a song written]. And that’s kind of how this happened.”

Regarding the collaboration with Pilson, Campbell said: “I’ve known Jeff as a musician and as a friend for years, but I had no idea how great a rock producer he is. And he really blew me away. It was the perfect marriage between us. And the record, we knew it was gonna be good, but it far exceeded all of our expectations. So we are extremely excited about it.”

Vivian also explained the decision to wait until next year before releasing the LAST IN LINE debut. He said: “The reason why we’re waiting ’till 2016 to release it is because I want to be available to tour the record. I think it deserves being given the opportunity.” He added: “In fact, the very first single we’re gonna do is… DEF LEPPARD is going on a cruise in January, for four or five days, out of Miami, and LAST IN LINE is gonna be one of the guest acts on the cruise. So that’ll be the [launch gig for] the band [in support of] the new record.”

Asked if the LAST IN LINE material sounds like the classic DIO albums, Vivian told Eddie Trunk I na recent interview: “The majority of it… Well, actually, I wouldn’t say the majority of it… I would say a good 50 percent of the songs would sound right at home on those first three DIO albums, and the others have a bit more of a modern edge to them. I mean, when you get Vinny and Jimmy and I playing, it sounds like the early DIO records, ’cause that’s what it is. Obviously, Andy is a very, very different singer, he’s got a very different instrument, and he writes lyrics very differently. I’m very, very impressed with where Andy has gone lyrically on the record, too; that’s another thing. So it’s great. It is so epic sounding. We’ve got some amazing songs on this, and I’m hyper excited about it, as you can probably tell.”

GLENN DANZIG’s ‘Skeletons’ Covers Album To Include Songs By BLACK SABBATH, ZZ TOP & More

GLENN DANZIG's 'Skeletons' Covers Album To Include Songs By BLACK SABBATH, ZZ TOP, THE TROGGS, THE EVERLY BROTHERSGlenn Danzig recently spoke to RollingStone.com about his long-awaited covers record, “Skeletons”, which is tentatively due this summer. The CD, which was recorded with PRONG guitarist/vocalist Tommy Victor and former TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly, will include the former MISFITS frontman’s take on songs by BLACK SABBATH (“N.I.B.”), ZZ TOP (“Rough Boy”), THE TROGGS (“A Girl Like You”), THE EVERLY BROTHERS (“Crying In The Rain”) and others.

Regarding his decision to wear full skull makeup for the first time since his MISFITS days nearly 40 years ago for the “Skeletons” photo shoot, Glenn said: “I wore makeup only at a couple of live shows and maybe for a photo shoot. I think it was originally for a Halloween show, ’79, at [New York City’s] Irving Plaza. I also had the skeleton shirt and skeleton clothes on, so I was a full punk skeleton man. I can’t remember if it was that show or the next year’s Halloween show that we hung dead animal heads and limbs and carcasses all over the place. It smelled like a slaughterhouse. It looked like a slaughterhouse because it actually was.”

The singer also said that he is almost done making a new DANZIG album of all-original material. “It’s pretty much all recorded, except I keep writing extra songs so I’m gonna go back in the studio probably at the end of June,” he said. “Some of it’s very swampy and dark, some of it’s…I don’t know what the right word is. It’s pretty heavy though.”

Danzig has also been recording cover versions of Elvis songs for a possible EP release. “I’m making it a little different,” he said. “Some of the stuff I’m stripping down, bare bones, very old-school fifties echoey slap-back vocals, piano, guitar. It’s pretty much done, but every time I go back into the studio to work on a new DANZIG record, if we have time, I’m like, ‘Let’s do another song.’ So we’ll see what ends up on the record.”