SIXX: A.M. Putting Finishing Touches On 2 New Albums


SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, is putting the finishing touches on a new double album, to be released in two parts next year. Sixx writes on his Facebook page: “Fuck yes. Finished all my bass parts for both SIXX: A.M. albums today. Tour dates and album releases being planned as we speak. DJ Ashba has just a few more solos and guitar tracks to go as James Michael is finalizing his lead vocals and then starting the mixing process.”

He adds: “I feel like we have topped ourselves on both albums song-wise, but in the end, our fans will make that decision for us.”

SIXX: A.M. last spring completed its first headline tour, a limited run of North American dates that was a huge success and the catalyst for the group’s most prolific period.

Speaking to Rolling Stone about SIXX: A.M.‘s as-yet-untitled new records, Sixx said: “They’ll be companion pieces, named ‘Volume One’ and ‘Volume Two’, and they’ll come out with a little bit of space between them. Because when a band releases a double album, a lot of times, about halfway through the second record, you say, ‘Sounds like they ran out of gas…’ So by putting them out separately we’ll give the fans time to absorb each one fully. They’ll get the first one. They’ll stream it. They’ll feel it. They’ll hear it live. And then it’ll be, ‘Here comes another one…’ ”

According to Sixx, the two albums will be linked thematically and sonically, although it is not clear to what extent. “There are tent poles that we’re working with, but they could still change,” he said. “The one thing I can say is that, in SIXX: A.M., we always connect darkness to light, whether it’s something like ‘Life Is Beautiful’ or ‘This is Gonna Hurt’, or even ‘Stars’. There’s a lot about our own experiences in our songs, but there’s also always a light at the end of the tunnel, because we’ve lived through those experiences. And on the new material, those themes are maybe even a little bit heavier.”

Sixx described the new SIXX: A.M. music as heavy. “I’ll give you an example,” he told Rolling Stone. “We have two ballads that we’ve written, and they’re both heavier than the heaviest song on our last record. This thing we’re working on is like a monster hiding in the shadows. It’s beautiful. It’ll seduce you. But it’ll also pounce on you and eat your heart.”

Nikki previously said that the band’s new effort would contain over 22 songs and would be tied in with a 24-month world tour.

DISTURBED Announces North American Tour


DISTURBED have announced a massive North American tour in support of their NEW album Immortalized.

The band’s first North American trek in years will kick off on February 12th at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba and will be concluded on April 10th at the legendary New Daisy Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee.

Here are all of the tour dates:

02/12: Winnipeg, Manitoba @ MTS Centre
02/14: Lethbridge, Alberta @ Enmax Centre
02/15: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Sasktel Centre
02/18: Calgary, Alberta @ Grey Eagle Events Centre
02/19: Dawson Creek, British Columbia @ EnCana Events Centre
02/20: Edmonton, Alberta @ Shaw Conference Centre
02/22: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan @ Mosaic Place
3/11: Vancouver, British Columbia — Commodore Ballroom
3/12: Seattle, Washington — The Showbox
3/14: Portland, Oregon — Roseland Theater
3/16: San Francisco, California — The Fillmore
3/17: Santa Ana, California — The Observatory
3/20: San Diego, California — House of Blues
3/23: Dallas, Texas — House of Blues
3/24: Houston, Texas — House of Blues
3/25: New Orleans, Louisiana — House of Blues
3/27: Birmingham, Alabama — Iron City
3/29: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — House of Blues
3/30: Richmond, Virginia — The National
4/1: Baltimore, Maryland — Baltimore Sound Stage
4/2: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Theatre of Living Arts
4/4: New York, New York — Irving Plaza
4/5: Niagara Falls, New York — Rapids Theater
4/7: Detroit, Michigan — St. Andrews Hall
4/8: Grand Rapids, Michigan. — Orbit Room
4/10: Memphis, Tennessee — New Daisy Theatre

JIMMY PAGE Aiming To Start Solo Album In 2016


According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page says he plans to start his first solo album in 27 years in 2016. Page, who curated the revamped LED ZEPPELIN catalogue over the last several years, was on hand at London’s Classic Rock magazine’s Roll Of Honour awards, and shed some light on the still-untitled project, telling Bang Showbiz: “Next year I’m just going to working on the guitar. It’s time for me to go out there and do a solo album. My last solo album was 1988. I haven’t really milked the situation; it’s time to do another one. I’m known for playing many styles of guitar, and I need to re-visit all the different styles I can play.”

Page went on to say: “I’m not thinking about singers, I’m thinking of an instrumental thing. I want to work with my strengths rather than my weaknesses. I want to work with myself, I want to get myself up and running and once I’m ready, I’ll think about whether I need someone to sing on the music… I want to be playing live again, but that won’t be until next year, I’ve planned all this a while ago. I want to start in the U.K. I’ve got ideas, but I want to wait to see what happens. I’d like to do Glastonbury. I could do a sort of karaoke night with LED ZEPPELIN songs.”

There’s been no release date announced for the upcoming Page album, which will be his first true solo set since “Outrider”. That album came out on June 19, 1988 and peaked at No. 26 on The Billboard 200 album chart.

“Outrider” featured Robert Plant co-writing and contributing vocals on the track “The Only One”, and Jason Bonham drumming on both the majority of the album and Page‘s subsequent tour.

Members of SOUNDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS and NIRVANA paid musical tribute to Page last Thursday night, November 19, during a benefit at Seattle’s Experience Music Project. Backed by a house band that included ex-GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan and MAD SEASON drummer Barrett Martin, the lineup on hand included ALICE IN CHAINS guitarists/singers Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall, SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayil, NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic, BLACK CROWES guitarist Rich Robinson, CHEAP TRICK guitarist Rick Nielsen and BAD COMPANY frontman Paul Rodgers.

ACCEPT Will Start Working On New Material Next Year


Metal Temple magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of German/American metallers ACCEPT.

On the response to 2014’s “Blind Rage” album:

“We’ve toured on this album longer than we ever had before, we just realized. Last night we were just talking, it’s been a year and what… a year and a half now that it’s been released. And we’ve been on the road ever since, and there’s no stopping. We’re gonna go back out here in a month again and then in the spring yet again, and after that, it’s surely time to start working on a new album. But the reaction has been phenomenal.”

On the inspiration for making new music:

“The inspiration for us to make an album is always the same: we just want to continue the legacy of ACCEPT and write songs that are totally ACCEPT style, but at the same time have something that’s current and interesting. When we regrouped with Mark [Tornillo, vocals] about five years ago, we always said to ourselves, ‘We’re not gonna be just sitting back on the past success and play the old songs.’ We wanted to start a new chapter and make albums that are relevant to fans. And that sounds easy, but it’s not really that easy, or else everybody would do it. So we would try hard to come up with songs that totally feel familiar on one hand, but that, on the other hand, they sound modern and can compete with what’s going on today.”

“Blind Rage” was released in August 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010’s “Blood Of The Nations” and 2012’s “Stalingrad”, the new effort was helmed by British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy.

“Blind Rage” sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

ROB ZOMBIE’s ’31’ To Premiere At The 2016 Sundance Film Festival


“31”, written and directed by Rob Zombie will make its world premiere in the Midnight section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Sundance Film Festival is one of the world’s premier places to debut new independent films.

“31” tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of grease-painted maniacs.

The film is produced by Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group, Rob Zombie, Michael Sherman and Matthew Perniciaro of Bow And Arrow Entertainment, Eddie Vaisman and Mike Elliott. International sales on the film are handled by Protagonist Pictures.

Alchemy acquired North American rights in the spring and will release the film theatrically in 2016.

Rob Zombie said: “We are all super-jazzed with the way ’31’ turned out. I can’t wait to get to Park City and unleash it on the Sundance Film Festival audience!”

Although Zombie does plan out his films in advance, he told The Pulse Of Radio that you can only map out a movie so much before you start shooting. “The hardest thing is, until the moment you’re gonna shoot, that’ll be the first time you’ve ever been on set, that set, with your actors in wardrobe, with a camera, you know,” he said. “So sometimes things just look different. You know, you can visualize in your head, like, ‘Well, this, that and the other thing,’ but you get in there and you’re like, ‘Wow, now that we’re all here and I see you in that wardrobe against that backdrop, it’s very different.'”

A new Rob Zombie studio album has already been completed and is expected out in early 2016.

DAVE LOMBARDO Launches New ‘Punk’ Project DEAD CROSS


Former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo has joined forces with members of THE LOCUST and RETOX in a new “punk” outfit called DEAD CROSS.

DEAD CROSS‘s lineup is as follows:

Dave Lombardo (PHILM, ex-SLAYER) – Drums
Justin Pearson (THE LOCUST, RETOX) – Bass
Mike Crain (RETOX) – Guitar

DEAD CROSS has yet to record any music, but Lombardo described the band’s sound to Noisey: “It’s just straightforward brutal punk— metal-esque, but it’s definitely not metal. I think it definitely leans more towards the punk style, because I feel that the way things are in the world, a punk attitude is definitely necessary to help you along with the shit that’s going on. There’s no time to sing, ‘We Are the World’, or all this bullshit, we’re all pissed right now, and there’s no better way to release anger than to be in a punk band and write punk music.”

Regarding DEAD CROSS‘s recording plans, Lombardo told Noisey: “I don’t know exactly when we’ll be able to release anything, but I’d love to get something out by the end of the year, two singles just to release something, and then do a full-length next year. The level of musicianship we have is very high, so I dont think it’ll be too much of a problem to create music and put something out. These guys are driven like I am. I’ve learned a lot from being in this industry, and sometimes it’s a lot better when you grab the bull by the horns yourself and don’t wait around for other people.”

DEAD CROSS will make its live debut in early December. The following shows have been confirmed so far:

Dec. 02 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre
Dec. 03 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House

DROWNING POOL ‘Hellelujuah’ Cover Artwork/Track Listing Revealed


Texas heavy rockers DROWNING POOL will release their new album, “Hellelujuah”, on February 5 via eOne Music. The follow-up to 2013’s “Resilience” was recorded with renowned producer Jason Suecof (AUGUST BURNS RED, DEICIDE, DEATH ANGEL).

“We’re excited as hell to get our brand new single out to everyone!” says guitarist CJ Pierce. “Back to the core sound you know from DROWNING POOL! Crank it up!”

The single made its radio debut yesterday on SiriusXM‘s Octane. “By The Blood” will also be featured during World Series Of Fighting 25 taking place tonight. This is an eight-man, one-night tournament for the top contender spot for the World Lightweight Title taking place at 11 p.m. Eastern / 8 p.m. Pacific on NBC Sports at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

The cover art for “Hellelujuah” was designed by world-renowned artist Brian Mercer, who has previously worked with Chris Cornell, LAMB OF GOD and HIGH ON FIRE.

“Hellelujuah” track listing:

01. Push
02. By The Blood
03. Drop
04. Hell To Pay
05. We Are The Devil
06. Snake Charmer
07. My Own Way
08. Goddamn Vultures
09. Another Name
10. Sympathy Depleted
11. Stomping Ground
12. Meet The Bullet
13. All Saints Day

DROWNING POOL earlier in the year embarked on the second leg of its “Sinner Unlucky 13th Anniversary Tour”, on which the band played its 2001 debut album, “Sinner”, from start to finish.

The “Sinner” album arrived in June 2001 and featured the monster single “Bodies”, plus follow-up rock radio hits “Sinner” and “Tear Away”.

Original DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams, who sang on “Sinner”, passed away from heart disease on the band’s tour bus in August 2002, while the group was out promoting the record.

In January 2004, the band announced the addition of singer Jason “Gong” Jones. Their sophomore effort, “Desensitized”, followed several months later. In 2006, Ryan McCombs assumed the vocal duties, and a year later they released “Full Circle”, followed by a self-titled album in 2010. McCombs, the only singer to ever record more than one album with the group, departed the following year, and was replaced by SUICIDE HOOK vocalist Jasen Moreno, who made his official debut on “Resilience”.