LAMB OF GOD Presented With Gold Plaques For ‘Ashes Of The Wake’

LAMB OF GOD Presented With Gold Plaques For 'Ashes Of The Wake' Album

LAMB OF GOD‘s third album, “Ashes Of The Wake”, which came out in 2004 via Epic, was officially certified gold in February by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of a 500,000 copies.

Prior to their concert May 17 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, the members of LAMB OF GOD were presented with gold plaques signifying the achievement. Check out a photo above (courtesy of the band’s publicists at Adrenaline PR).

Over the past few years, more and more people have stopped paying to download or physically own albums and started instead consuming music on platforms like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music. As a result, effective February 1, RIAA started including on-demand audio and video streams and a track sale equivalent in gold and platinum album award. The modernization of the program’s album rule follows a similar update made to digital single certifications in 2013, when the RIAA first added on-demand streams to its digital single award. Collectively, this now means that the program’s iconic benchmarks — 500,000 (gold), 1,000,000 (platinum) and 2,000,000 plus (multi-platinum) — count both sales and streams for single and album certifications.

After a comprehensive analysis of a variety of factors — including streaming and download consumption patterns and historical impact on the program — and also consultation with a myriad of industry colleagues, the RIAA set the new album award formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale. RIAA‘s digital single award ratio was also updated from 100 on-demand streams = 1 download to 150 on-demand streams = 1 download to reflect the enormous growth of streaming consumption in the two plus years since that ratio was set. Just as RIAA announced when setting the initial formula in 2013, the analysis and the determination of a formula is based on comparative consumption patterns, not marketplace value.

“Ashes Of The Wake” was reissued as a DualDisc edition in March 2005. One side of the “Ashes” DualDisc featured the regular album, while the other was a DVD featuring the entire album in enhanced LPCM Stereo, plus bonus features.

LAMB OF GOD‘s latest album, “VII: Sturm Und Drang”, was released in July 2015 via Epic in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Entertainment in all territories outside of North America. The CD was once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, California.

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’s ‘World On Fire’ Album Gets Release Date

Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will release his new studio album, “World On Fire”, on June 1 via King Records. He told Seymour Duncan about the CD: “I spent two years [working] on it, touring, recording, touring, recording. And that’s much, much better, actually, in a way. Back in the day I would write the songs then rehearse them with some musicians, then go and do a backing track and we’d record it, mix it, learn the songs to go play them on tour, then do it all again. That way isn’t necessarily conducive to making the best music, y’know what I mean? So in a very, very backhanded way, this weird twist of fate in the music industry has actually made it a more inspiring environment, for me at least. I can write anytime and record anytime. My recording studio is always open, 24 hours. I can just record when I want and it’s a beautiful thing.”

Asked what the new record sounds like, Malmsteen said: “It’s a Malmsteen record. [Laughs] But I would say it’s a little different. First of all, I do all the lead vocals on it. Any time I did lead vocals in the past, I was singing blues stuff. This time I decided to do lead vocals in my style of songwriting, so it’s different in that way. It’s a very hard-hitting album and some parts are very advanced, very complicated. But it’s a broad record. It’s definitely a must-listen-to!”

Yngwie also confirmed that he laid down the bass tracks on his new album. “I play all the bass and most of the keyboards,” he said. “And there’s a string section and a choir. It’s very neoclassical. It’s super neoclassical!”

“World On Fire” track listing:

01. World On Fire
02. Sorcery
03. Abandon
04. Top Down, Foot Down
05. Lost In The Machine
06. Largo – EBM
07. No Rest For The Wicked
08. Soldier
09. Duf 1220
10. Abandon (Slight Return)
11. Nacht Musik

Produced by Yngwie J. Malmsteen
All music composed and arranged by Yngwie J. Malmsteen
All lyrics and melodies by Yngwie J. Malmsteen

Recording lineup:

* Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Cello, Sitar
* Nick Marinovic – Additional Keyboards
* Mark Ellis – Drums

Asked what keeps him inspired to regularly release studio albums over the last thirty years, Malmsteen told Heavy Metal Bands Info in a 2015 interview: “It’s the same approach I have when I am in the studio. I go into the studio and pick up the guitar or play the drums or whatever. I just do something and something comes out that inspires me. Then I carry on with it. I wanna have it happen like an inspired thing. Then I just put it down and listen to it in the car or wherever and I think, ‘Oh, that sounds great.’ I mean, I play it back a week later or so and I don’t even remember doing it. Then I go, like, ‘Wow, that’s great,’ or, ‘Wow, that’s shit.’ This is important to me, because at that stage I am listening more like a listener. Then I take that further and make it into a more complete thing. I found that this is the best way for me. That makes it exciting and inspiring. That’s why I’m still doing it.”

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PAUL DI’ANNO Hospitalized

Former IRON MAIDEN Singer PAUL DI'ANNO Hospitalized; Brazilian Tour Canceled

Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di’Anno has reportedly been hospitalized for an undisclosed medical issue, forcing him to cancel his previously announced June 2016 tour of Brazil. According to the tour’s promoter, Blog n Roll Produções, Di’Anno is undergoing a series of tests to help ensure an accurate diagnosis and identify an appropriate course of treatment.

Di’Anno has reportedly had several motorcycle accidents over the years, requiring a knee replacement operation on both knees. As a result, Di’Anno was forced to sit down while performing at his recent shows. He told Argentina’s CM TV last August: “I think the fans don’t give a shit to see me; they just wanna hear me sing. So maybe six months I have to do this before the [knee] operation. I still wanna play, so I sit down and sing.”

More than a year ago, Di’Anno spoke in more detail about the condition of his knee which is making it impossible for him to stand up and perform. He said: “I don’t wanna swear… [Laughs] but it’s fucked. It’s actually fucked. Because this has been [going on for] seven years. I should have done this seven years ago. And now all the ligament is gone and all it basically is is bone rubbing against bone. And, oh my God, it’s so painful some days, it’s unbelievable. And through my mother, I caught osteoporosis [a progressive bone disease in which the bone density reduces over years] as well. When you get to a certain age. And [I can’t be] buggered with that. [I’m like], sod this; I can’t be dealing with it. So [fixing] the knee will make it a lot better.”

Di’Anno added: “I can’t take it anymore. And it will be so nice to be pain-free [after] seven years.”

Di’Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN before being replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records.

ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ, the new band featuring Di’Anno alongside members of Paul‘s longtime German touring backing group THE PHANTOMZ, released its debut album, “The League Of Shadows”, in North America last July via Metalville Records.

OZZY & JACK OSBOURNE’s ‘World Detour’ To Premiere On HISTORY In July

OZZY And JACK OSBOURNE's 'World Detour' Reality Show To Premiere On HISTORY In July

Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack are starring in a new a new show produced by the History channel called “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour”.

In this new ten-episode hour-long non-scripted series, the self-proclaimed history nerds hit the road in a father-son journey they’ve waited years to take. There will be no roadies, no tour buses and no boundaries. Just a bucket list of iconic and historically significant spots that includes Mt. Rushmore, Stonehenge, The Alamo, Roswell, The Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios and a hit list of some fascinating sights and people that they’ve read about. From a Cold War-era Missile Silo to Bletchley Park; from gold miner Rattlesnake Randy’s stream of dreams to vintage tank collector Allan Cors‘s private museum of working war machines, Ozzy and Jack get their eyes and hands on history.

The series is produced for History by T-Group Productions with Osbourne Media. Jenny Daly, Jack Osbourne, R. Greg Johnston, Peter Glowski and Rob Lobl serve as executive producers. Matt Ginsburg is the executive producer for History.

Ozzy in November returned to San Antonio, Texas as part of the History channel program — to apologize for urinating on the Alamo Cenotaph in 1982. He was also spotted around Roswell, New Mexico, where he and Jack visited the International UFO Museum, and they traveled to Cuba, where they spent almost a week.

Ozzy admitted to The Pulse Of Radio that doing the History channel show will help him fill in some blanks in his own knowledge of history: “Anything past World War II, I’m clueless,” he said. “I’m kind of up on World War II ’cause I was born a couple of years after. So I know quite a lot about World War II and Hitler and the Nazis and all that. But anything from before or after I don’t know anything about. So we’re going to Mount Rushmore, we’re going to the abandoned silos where you guys, America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It’s quite educational for me, actually.”

On the music front, Ozzy recently completed the first North American leg of BLACK SABBATH‘s farewell tour, dubbed “The End”.

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OZZFEST Meets KNOTFEST Announced

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest…the ultimate meeting of metal minds…a double-header music and lifestyle weekend like no other on the planet.

This merger of two of the most well-known and established brands in rock — Ozzfest, celebrating its 20th anniversary, and Knotfest, which debuted in 2012 — is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced Ozzfest Meets Knotfest — a multi-stage, two-day weekend camping event with more than 40 acts — go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. (PT) at Ozzfest.com and Knotfest.com. All the details and lineups (below) were revealed at a major press conference today (Thursday, May 12) at the Palladium in Hollywood, California.

Saturday’s Ozzfest will be headlined by BLACK SABBATH — marking their last Southern California performance as part of the band’s final tour — and Sunday’s Knotfest bill is topped by the festival’s namesake, SLIPKNOT.

On hand at the press conference were Ozzfest founder Ozzy Osbourne and SLIPKNOT‘s Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown). The event began with a movie screening, followed by a question-and-answer session with artists from the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest bill and concluded with a performance from ZAKK SABBATH, led by Zakk Wylde.

Ozzy was joined onstage at today’s event by his estranged wife Sharon, who put the couple’s recent marital troubles behind her to tell the crowd: “Twenty years ago, we realized that there was no touring festival that supported music like these guys did. We came up with Ozzfest and for twenty years it was amazing. And for many of those years, we had the unbelievable SLIPKNOT playing. And SLIPKNOT came along and kicked our arses and created Knotfest. They took that around the world and it was hugely successful and critically acclaimed as one of the best festivals on Earth. Then we decided, ‘Why not merge together?'”

She added: “We want it to be the loudest, biggest, dirtiest festival in California. We couldn’t be happier.”

The San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds is where Ozzfest — the event that launched the U.S. hard rock festival market and went on to tour the world — began in 1996 and where Knotfest last year took over the San Bernardino, California venue and expanded into a camping festival. There’s also a longtime history between the two namesakes of the events, with SLIPKNOT appearing at Ozzfest in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2013 at the inaugural Ozzfest Japan.

“We are here to create havoc and history,” said Ozzy Osbourne. “Let the madness begin…”

“This could be the one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of,” said Corey Taylor. “Starting out as an Ozzfest band, coming into our own with Knotfest and now combining forces to make a little metal history…it was meant to be and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

“Playing with BLACK SABBATH is always an honor,” Crahan exclaimed. “Merging both festivals will be a legendary experience that will be life-changing for all fans. We are excited to bring all the families together again.”

“The impact of Ozzfest on heavy music and on SLIPKNOT, cannot be underestimated,” said Cory Brennan, president, 5B Artist Management. “For 20 years, Ozzfest has given fans their first glimpse at bands like SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED and countless others, but also bringing new fans and bands together every year. Ozzfest inspired SLIPKNOT to continue this vital tradition with Knotfest, and it’s an honor to celebrate our genre alongside them in 2016.”

The Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2016 lineup is as follows, with both Ozzfest and Knotfest dedicating a stage in honor of their departed comrade Lemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD.

Ozzfest Lineup – Saturday, September 24

Main Stage

BLACK SABBATH
DISTURBED
MEGADETH
OPETH
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
RIVAL SONS

Lemmy Stage

CHILDREN OF BODOM
HATEBREED
DEVILDRIVER
GOATWHORE
HUNTRESS
DEAD CROSS

Nuclear Blast Stage

MUNICIPAL WASTE
KATAKLYSM
NAILS
THE SHRINE
STILL REBEL

Knotfest Lineup – Sunday, September 25

Main Stage

SLIPKNOT
SLAYER
AMON AMARTH
ANTHRAX
TRIVIUM

Lemmy Stage

SABATON
SUICIDE SILENCE
OVERKILL
EMMURE
BUTCHER BABIES
MAN WITH A MISSION

Nuclear Blast Stage

WHITECHAPEL
COMBICHRIST
DEATH ANGEL
SIM
ONI

Beyond the music, each day Ozzfest Meets Knotfest festival-goers will encounter a wide variety of attractions throughout the expansive site. Initial onsite daily activities include a Monster Truck Arena, Carnival Thrill Rides, Massive Fire Displays, Flaming Carnival Games, The Thunderdome Battle Arena, an 85 Person Traveling Troupe of Freaks, a Carnival Midway with Games of Chance, Vendor Village, Food Trucks and Craft Beer, with 50 Foot Tall x 75 Foot Wide Image-Mapped Video Walls flanking the Main Stage, with more exciting developments to be announced in the coming months.

A variety of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest ticketing and camping packages are available. Single day tickets range from $25.00 for GA lawn to $39.50-$149.50 for reserved seats, with GA pit passes starting at $99.00 for Sunday and $149.00 Saturday. Weekend passes range from $40.00 for GA lawn to $69.00-$239.00 for reserved seats, and $239.00 for GA pit passes. VIP packages start at $249.00 for VIP Lounge; options include the Ultimate Slipknot VIP Experience at $1,000.00, the Black Sabbath M&G Package at $1250 and the Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne Experience at $2500. Camping selections include Tent Camping for $150.00 and RV Camping for $250.00.

For more information, visit OzzfestMeetsKnotfest.com.

Ozzfest has not been a traveling festival in the U.S. since 2007’s “free” edition. The show morphed into a one-off event in Dallas in 2008, also featuring METALLICA, before taking 2009 off.

The 2010 U.S. Ozzfest played in just six cities, with OZZY OSBOURNE co-headlining with MÖTLEY CRÜE and the rest of the main stage filled out by HALFORD, the solo band of JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, along with DEVILDRIVER and NONPOINT.

The aging festival faced increased competition in recent years from the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour, as well as the Uproar festival.

The SLIPKNOT-curated Knotfest, staged its third annual event last year (and second as a Southern California weekend destination festival). The festival attracted over 50,000 fans with over fifty of the heaviest bands in the world playing on four stages.

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GHOST To Release New EP This Year

Swedish occult rockers GHOST will release new EP later this year and will follow it up with a new round a touring featuring a brand new stage show.

Speaking to MetalSucks during GHOST‘s spring U.S. tour, one of the band’s Nameless Ghouls stated about the group’s plans for the coming months (see video below): “We’re gonna finish up this tour in Albany, which is on May 22nd, and then our European tour starts May 27th. And that stretches into right in the beginning of July; so that’s gonna be festivals. After that, we have an EP coming out. That’s gonna be great, because that’s gonna, sort of, re-energize the whole cycle. So there’s gonna be some new material, we’re gonna have a new stage show. So it’s gonna be a completely different setting. Then we’re gonna terrorize you with that up until next year.”

GHOST won the Grammy for “Best Metal Performance” during the pre-telecast ceremony at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. GHOST was nominated for the song “Cirice” from its 2015 album “Meliora”.

“Cirice” recently reached the Top 10 at rock radio, the first song from the band to get significant airplay in the U.S.

Asked how big he envisions GHOST one day becoming, the Nameless Ghoul told WNOR FM99: “It’s hard to fully set a parameter of, ‘This is exactly how big we wanna become.’ But I think that the one goal that we want to achieve… I mean, set aside a lot of the personal, I guess, monetary things that you want to achieve as a human being; you wanna be rich and you wanna be that… But when it comes to the size that I’ve always wanted us to become or turn into, it’s basically a full-production band that can do almost anything that we need in order to fully accomplish the show that we’ve always had in mind. Obviously, it’s not exactly the same vision from eight years ago — it’s grown — but the idea has always been for it to be a full-production arena [show].”

MISFITS Feat. GLENN DANZIG, JERRY ONLY & DOYLE To Headline RIOT FEST

Classic MISFITS lineup members Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will reunite for first time since 1983 to headline this year’s Riot Fest.

The reunion, billed as “The Original Misfits,” will take place at the Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago. The first show is scheduled for September 2-4 at Denver’s Riot Fest And Rodeo, while the second will happen at Riot Fest And Carnival, set for September 16-18 in Chicago.

MISFITS mainman Jerry Only said in December 2014 interview that he would consider reuniting the band’s original lineup on condition that Glenn Danzig left all “that dark, that real black stuff” “at home” and focused on being a “positive influence” to MISFITS‘ fans.

The original MISFITS band broke up in 1983, and bassist Jerry Only brought forth a new version of the MISFITS in 1995. Various members have come and gone, but Only, along with BLACK FLAG‘s Dez Cadena, has kept some form of the MISFITS in the recording studio and on the road for most of the last two decades.

After the original MISFITS disbanded, vocalist Glenn Danzig went on to form SAMHAIN and then the eponymous DANZIG. Several albums of reissued and previously unreleased material were issued after the group’s dissolution, and their music became influential to punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock music of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Asked by Loudwire what his thoughts are about the possibility of an original MISFITS reunion, Jerry said: “The thing is, I have an obligation to our fans. A lot of our fans are young, and the thing is we’re a very positive organization. We may have a lot of scary shit, but we’re working out, we take care of mom, we’ve got jobs. It’s no bullshit. We work for what we’re doing.”

He continued” “If we bring Glenn back in and he’s going to bring to the table, I don’t want that.

“All the money in the world ain’t gonna make me sell out my fans.”

Jerry added: “What I feel is that I’d rather be where I am and be happy and be a positive influence than to be the richest man in the world and miserable and be a scumbag to the kids that follow us. I’m not doing that. I told Doyle that. I told him, ‘Hey, look, if Glenn wants to come be a team player and leave that shit at home, we’re good.’ That’s the name of the game.”

MISFITS will release a new EP, “Friday The 13th”, this Friday, May 13. It will contain “four new horror-punk anthems” written by Only. Glenn Danzig and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein are not believed to be involved in the effort.

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