SOIL To Release New Music This Fall

SOIL To Release New Music This Fall

Bassist Tim King of Chicago heavy rockers SOIL has confirmed to Meltdown of the WRIF radio station that the band is working on new music, to be released later this year.

“We’re definitely gonna have something out new in the fall, and we’ll be launching a single and a video for that and everything,” Tim said. “So everybody can just stay tuned. We’re still in the very early stages of it, but it’s coming along quite well.”

King told Metal-Heads.de last year that the changes in the music industry in the last few years have made it harder for bands to survive. “It hasn’t changed in the fact that you still have to write good music, you still have to play great live shows, you still have to do all the things that you always did in the past — you still have to do those things — it’s just…. it’s smaller. So in order for bigger bands, and bands that came out before, like us and your DEFTONES and things, for them to live the lifestyles that they’ve become accustomed to, they either have to tour consistently or work harder, or they have to do various things. And that’s one thing we’ve learned — to go into different avenues and survive, because we still love doing SOIL and we still love our fans, our fans still love and come see us play, so we wanna keep doing it.”

SOIL‘s last album, “Whole”, was released in August 2013 via Pavement Entertainment.

LEMMY’s Long Awaited Solo Album Could Arrive This Year

LEMMY's Long-Awaited Solo Album Could Finally Arrive Later This Year

Late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister‘s long-awaited solo album could finally arrive before the end of 2017.

According to Metal Talk, Jim Voxx of the German band SKEW SISKIN revealed that he was putting the finishing touches on the disc, which has been in the works for a number of years.

“I still don’t know when it will be released because this is in the hands of the MOTÖRHEAD management, and it took a while,” Voxx said. “Lemmy had so many things left, there are so many other recordings, and they all had to sort out how to proceed and there is no real time rush to release this album, so I can imagine it will be towards the end of this year.”

Lemmy had collaborated with SKEW SISKIN on several occasions, including on two songs which were slated to appear on his debut solo album. Those two tracks — reportedly titled “Stand Upon The Mountain” and “Don’t Matter To Me” — were being produced by Voxx at SKEW SISKIN’s Monongo studios in Berlin.

Voxx added the project started in 2003, but Lemmy “didn’t have a real idea what would be on it, so he came to me and asked me if I would work with him.”

“He wanted to take his time,” Voxx explained. “It was the total opposite of working with MOTÖRHEAD because he had to do it in his free time between the MOTÖRHEAD work. I gave him the possibility always to come here and work in the studio whenever he needed, and step-by-step we got the songs together. We have 10 songs, and we thought it would have been released a long time ago, but when Lemmy got ill, we stopped working on it, but the recordings were all done.”

Lemmy revealed in a 2013 interview that he was thinking about calling his debut solo album “False Teeth For The Deaf”. He said: “It’s all just great rock and roll, that’s the only way to describe it. Some of it is bluesy and some isn’t. It’s not MOTÖRHEAD, but obviously there are elements in common.”

Lemmy‘s solo album is expected to include two songs that were recorded with the REVEREND HORTON HEAT (described by Lemmy as “some good psycho-metal-billy”), two with THE DAMNED (including a cover of THE DAMNED‘s “Neat Neat Neat”), a track with Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) and a cut with Joan Jett.

Kilmister said in 2013 that he was planning to lay down a song with SKUNK ANANSIE vocalist Skin for his solo album, but it’s not clear if those recording sessions ever took place.

At least a couple of the tracks Voxx produced for Lemmy‘s solo album feature a full horn section, a saxophone player and a blues piano player.

Lemmy, who celebrated his 70th birthday on December 24, 2015, learned two days later that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on December 28, 2015, at his home in Los Angeles.

The MOTÖRHEAD frontman had dealt with several health issues over the past few years, including heart trouble, forcing him to cut back on his famous smoking and Jack Daniels habits.

The band canceled a number of shows two years ago, although they did manage to complete one final European tour on December 11, 2015.

‘The Evangelist’ Movie Feat. Music By Guitarist RON ‘BUMBLEFOOT’ THAL Due In May

ITN Distribution has acquired the rights to worldwide distribution for the horror/psychological thriller “The Evangelist” (formerly “Clean Cut”) with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and eOne Entertainment releasing the film in the U.S. and Canada.

On May 9, enter the sadistic world of The Evangelist, a bible-quoting serial killer who has a small New Jersey town gripped with fear. Is he the same maniac from the past continuing his moral cleansing or a new, merciless angel of death?

Starring Keith Collins (“The Meat Puppet”,”The Jersey Devil”), Doug Bollinger (“Waltzing Anna”), Samantha Artese (“The Coffee Shop”) and Michael Billy (“The One”), “The Evangelist” won two coveted awards at the Atlantic City Cinefest Film Festival for Best Horror and Best Actor with original music by former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, who portrays Jack Hayes in the film.

“The Evangelist” tells the story of Bill Horton (Collins) who at seven years old watched in horror as a serial killer murdered his mother. Known as The Evangelist, he places a bible next to her body and quotes scripture as he leaves Bill alone and destroyed. Thirty years later, Bill has grown up and appears to be a model citizen, spending his days cleaning his house and baking. He has, however, picked up the mantle of The Evangelist, killing those who he finds wicked and evil and leaving a bible by their bodies. Bill only opens up to Dr. Laura Cooper (Artese), a psychiatrist, who discovers Bill‘s dark secret. She contacts young Detective Edward Legros (Billy) who is working on the case with his cynical, veteran partner, Detective John Vance (Bollinger). But what Vance knows about the original Evangelist will lead to a bloody showdown.

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A PERFECT CIRCLE Announces New Album

A PERFECT CIRCLE Signs Worldwide Deal With BMG, Announces New Album

BMG has announced it has signed a worldwide recording deal with multi-platinum rock band A PERFECT CIRCLE. The band is in the studio working on material for a new full-length album, to be released later in the year.

A PERFECT CIRCLE formed in 1999 with principal members Billy Howerdel (ASHES DIVIDE) and Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, PUSCIFER) creating a fluid band where lineups were free to shift with each ensuing album. The band’s current lineup is Howerdel, Keenan, James Iha (THE SMASHING PUMPKINS), Jeff Friedl (DEVO, THE BETA MACHINE) and Matt McJunkins (EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, THE BETA MACHINE).

Howerdel said: “We just signed a new record deal with BMG! Looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. New APC-2017!”

Jon Cohen, EVP Recorded Music at BMG, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome A PERFECT CIRCLE to BMG and excited to present their highly anticipated new music to the world. Their uncompromising approach, vision and legion of fans have made them one of the most artistic and commercially successful acts in rock.”

Howerdel recently said that the band has “every intention” of making new A PERFECT CIRCLE music available to fans in 2017 as it heads out on tour. Speaking with Billboard, Howerdel said: “We’re not promising anything, but I have every intention of doing my best to have us playing some new tracks during this run — with the idea that new music is coming very soon after.”

The band’s tour — its first full-fledged trek since 2011 — kicks off on April 6. The schedule will include appearances at the Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock and Carolina Rebellion festivals in late April and early May, along with a closing night stop at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on May 7.

A PERFECT CIRCLE has been largely inactive on the recording front for the past 13 years, with only a new song titled “By And Down” surfacing on a hits collection in 2013.

The group was an instant success when it first came on the scene in 2000 with its debut album, “Mer De Noms”, and Howerdel explained a while back how he felt about the band’s early success. “I was appreciative then, I’m certainly appreciative now of how everything came together — how all the forces came together and made it happen, and all the timing worked out, with the NINE INCH NAILS tour, opening for them, and, you know, having key people at Virgin Records believe in us and ferociously campaign to market the band in the right way, and Maynard‘s reputation with TOOL in place… everything just came together.”

During the time that the band has been mostly on hiatus, Howerdel launched an act called ASHES DIVIDE, while Maynard James Keenan toured and recorded with TOOL and PUSCIFER while also running a winery.

Howerdel said: “To be honest, I thought [a comeback] would be a few years earlier… It felt like a few years ago it was going to happen, but this is just the way the schedules lined up. But I’m always excited to get the machine back up and going.”

Photo credit: Tim Cadiente

BLACK STAR RIDERS Parts Ways With Drummer JIMMY DEGRASSO

BLACK STAR RIDERS Part Ways With Drummer JIMMY DEGRASSO

BLACK STAR RIDERS have parted ways with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso. The remaining members of the band wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for the great albums, killer shows and good times together.

The new BLACK STAR RIDERS drummer will be announced shortly.

BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson recently told the “White Line Fever” podcast that DeGrasso‘s involvement in the RATT reunion would have no negative impact on their band.

DeGrasso, 53, has performed with Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier and Carlos Cavazo twice in recent months as the newly reactivated RATT prepares to tour.

But DeGrasso also had a demanding schedule with trans-Atlantic rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS, who have just released their third album, “Heavy Fire”.

Jimmy‘s such a world-class, amazing drummer that he’s going to sound great in any situation,” Johnson told “White Line Fever”.

“I just know, for all of us, we love to play.

“I love meeting the guys who are involved in other stuff. There’s no way that his participating in that is going to interfere with BLACK STAR RIDERS.

“I think all the RATT guys are still trying to figure out what they’re going to do anyway.

“It’s a great opportunity for Jimmy, and any time I talk to him about it, he just kind of laughs about the whole thing because it’s crazy that he would be at this point in his life and his phone would be ringing all the time from all types of people that want to have him come and play.

“So I’m happy for him and it’s got to be a lot of fun.”

Asked if DeGrasso will once again sit behind the kit when Pearcy, Croucier, DeMartini and Cavazo resume playing shows as RATT, Stephen told “Trunk Nation”, Eddie Trunk‘s show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106): “I think we’re still figuring that out. You know, we’re taking things a little differently nowadays. Everything has to be I’s dotted, T’s crossed. No disrespect to anybody, but we want things done properly, we want things done right to where there’s some life left in this and we can walk away going, ‘Hey, that was a really good run. Let’s do it again in three years.’ You know what I’m saying? So we wanna do everything very meticulously — just like the approach I took on [my new solo album] ‘Smash’. I mean, look, we took our time until we couldn’t do anything else to it. We didn’t throw more icing on it to sweeten it up; we just said, ‘Hey, it is what it is.’ So the same approach is going to be schematic with how we approach RATT and our business — very carefully, very meticulously and very smart.”

RIVERDOGS Feat. VIVIAN CAMPBELL ‘California’ Album Due In July

RIVERDOGS Feat. VIVIAN CAMPBELL: 'California' Album Due In July

“California”, the comeback album from RIVERDOGS, the band featuring DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell, will be released on July 7 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Featuring original members Campbell, Rob Lamothe (vocals, guitars) and Nick Brophy (bass, vocals), along with drummer Marc Danzeisen, the band’s fifth album is RIVERDOGS‘ first new music since the eight-song mini album, “World Gone Mad”, came out in October 2011.

Campbell ended up joining RIVERDOGS after being tapped to produce their first demo. As an official member of the group, he would contribute to their eponymous debut album in 1990.

Though fans and critics gave the LP a warm reception, lack of support from their record label eventually led the band to go independent, with Campbell departing the lineup. Releasing another two albums in Europe, the group continued to pick up fans before eventually disbanding.

RIVERDOGS gathered in 2003 to record new material and play a few reunion shows. Those new songs were recorded as demos, but never completed.

In 2010, MelodicRock Records approached band manager Paul Liszewski about a possible release of these songs. The band liked the idea so much an agreement was reached and over the course of a few week-long get-togethers, the lineup of Rob Lamothe (vocals), Campbell, Nick Brophy (bass) and Danzeisen recorded final versions of the 2003 tracks as well as writing a couple of brand new songs. Added to the new “World Gone Mad” album was one live cut from the band’s 2004 reunion shows, a cover of the BADFINGER classic “No Matter What”.

Campbell told “Hard Rockology” last fall about how he ended up becoming involved with RIVERDOGS again: “Frontiers, the label that LAST IN LINE are on, they called me and asked if I would be interested in doing another record with RIVERDOGS, but only under the condition that it was a rock-influenced record, very much in the vein of the original RIVERDOGS debut album from 1990, or 1991, whatever year it was. So I talked to the other guys and everyone signed off on it. So we got together in installments. We started, I think, back in March or April of [2016]. And you talk about working on a limited budget and time frame. Rob lives up in Hamilton, Ontario; Nick lives in Nashville; Marc and I are still in L.A. But Rob and Nick would have to fly in… We literally had Monday through Friday [to work on the album]. So Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, we jammed and we wrote six songs. And Thursday and Friday, we went into the studio and demoed them. And then a month or two later, we did the same thing. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, we wrote six songs; on Thursday and Friday, we went in and demoed [them]. In July, we rented a big drum room in L.A. and Marc went in and re-did all the drum tracks. In September, during a break in the DEF LEPPARD tour, I went in the studio in Hollywood for, I think we had three days, and I did all the guitar tracks, all the rhythms, all the guitar solos… And I’ve gotta tell you, it sounds great, actually. It’s a guitar-intensive record; there’s a lot of guitar on that record. Ironically, there’s probably even more guitar on that record than there is on the LAST IN LINE album.”

Campbell also spoke about the circumstances that led to RIVERDOGS‘ debut album not getting the kind of attention that many people think it deserved upon its release in 1990. He said: “The RIVERDOGS was one of those lost gems. We kind of fell through the cracks of record-company policy. I remember the week that our record was released — the original RIVERDOGS album — we were playing The Roxy in L.A. and the new head of the record label, and English guy who had just come into L.A. the week before, and he took us out to dinner right before our debut show for the album. And he basically said, ‘You know, I don’t hear it. I don’t feel this record. I’d like you to go in and make another one.’ And our hearts just sank, ’cause we had invested over a year, probably about a year and a half, into writing and recording that record, just to have this guy come in and say, ‘Ehhh, I don’t hear it.’ So, needless to say, it got buried — it just fell of a cliff. And ironically, it goes on to… It won an Edison Award of ‘Rock Album Of The Year’ over in Europe, and got great reviews and critical acclaim and sold about thirteen copies. [Laughs] It’s just one of those things. C’est la vie.”


GWAR To Release ‘Orgasmageddon’ Comic In June

Following up on an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign late last year, GWAR will bring the blasphemous, blood-soaked series that fans demanded to print in June, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment.

GWAR has released an official video announcing the Dynamite partnership, which can be viewed below.

From the depths of outer space to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, punk rock and heavy metal’s most shocking band of intergalactic blood-spewing alien monsters has returned to kill everything and respect nothing in the pages of GWAR: Orgasmageddon! Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill & Ted on bath salts. Antics ensue as they stomp and smash and shape human history to what we accept as our current reality. Co-written by GWAR themselves and Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), and featuring art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), GWAR: Orgasmageddon is a love letter to comics, grindhouse movies, and heavy metal, sure to appeal both to the most die-hard fan and the comics fanboy/fangirl intrigued by the prospect of social awareness drowned in geysers of blood and alien jizz.

“It’s awesome to have a comic coming out!” says Matt Maguire, better known in the band lineup as Sawborg Destructo. “When Matt Miner and I first talked, everything clicked and I knew we were going to do a cool project. We can’t wait to show all of the amazing work that is being generated for this comic! With Dynamite in our corner, it’s gonna be a big book!”

Regarding what GWAR fans will love most about the series, Maguire adds, “The blood… maybe the story… but mostly the blood. Oh, did we mention that Slymenstra Hymen is gonna be in it? And oh yeah — blood!”

“I always wanted to be the guy to help bring GWAR to modern-day comics,” says Miner. “Most people when they get into comics want to do Batman or Spider-Man or write the next great Punisher story, but I really, really wanted to write my favorite scumdogs of the universe… the all-mighty GWAR! Although working on that other stuff would be cool, too.”

Regarding the concept and audience for the new series, Miner says, “People who love fun comics are gonna dig this crazy story that dives into the past and shows how GWAR not only created humans, but shaped our history to what we now know as our actual modern-day reality. GWAR fans are going to love that all the creators on the book are fans — every single one, from me and artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, all the way to every single variant cover artist — and GWAR themselves are contributing art and co-writing the book, to boot. This isn’t a case of us getting the license and then running with it; we collaborate very closely with the band and are in almost constant contact during the creation. Fans of comics with a deeper meaning may have to dig through the blood, the guts, and the sometimes off-color jokes, but they’re gonna find what they’re looking for; GWAR has always been a mirror held up to the worst aspects of humanity, so that social satire and consciousness is there, although it may be splattered with politician brains and alien bile. You do not need to be a GWAR fan to have a ton of fun with this comic!”

“Anyone who is familiar with GWAR‘s theatrical performances, and over their thirty-year history will agree that it is hard to think of a band better suited to the comic book page,” says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. “It seems only fitting that these masters of gore find their published home alongside the comic book adventures of the original shock rockers, KISS!”

GWAR: Orgasmageddon #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors‘ April 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of GWAR with their local comic book retailers. GWAR: Orgasmageddon will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse and Dark Horse Digital.

Miner has written a post explaining the comic book pre-order system and why it’s so important if we want more GWAR comics in the future.

The comic’s creators have also provided a pre-order slip to make reserving copies with your local comic shop easy, and the band asks their fans to please call their local comic stores and both pre-order copies of the comic and request the store stocks GWAR comics for their shelves.

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