JONATHAN DAVIS To Release Solo Album In 2018

KORN's JONATHAN DAVIS To Release Solo Album In 2018: 'It's Turned Out Amazing'

KORN singer Jonathan Davis has confirmed that he will release a new solo album in 2018 and will also tour in support of it. Davis is already scheduled to appear on his own at several European festivals — including France’s Hellfest — with more touring in both Europe and North America expected.

During a December 18 Facebook Live session, Davis stated about his solo plans: “I’m finishing my record finally. It’s been… I started it in 2008, so I guess it’ll be 10 years of work. It’s the J.D. S.F.A. [Jonathan Davis and the SIMPLY FUCKING AMAZINGS] record, but J.D. S.F.A. is no longer. Unfortunately, since Shane‘s [Gibson, former KORN touring guitarist and a member of Davis‘s solo backing band] passed, that band’s done and it can’t be recreated. So this is J.D. right now.”

He continued: “I’m really excited. I’ve been working on these songs for 10 years, and it’s turned out amazing. So there’ll be a record coming out next year. I just shot videos yesterday for a couple of songs, and the tour will be next year.”

Davis has recorded and toured on his own intermittently over the years. He has composed music for soundtracks, most notably “Queen Of The Damned”, and has toured and DJed frequently over the years as his alter ego JDevil.

KORN‘s last album, “The Serenity Of Suffering”, came out in 2016.

Next August marks the 20th anniversary of KORN‘s 1998 breakthrough album “Follow The Leader”. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch indicated in a recent interview that the band is mulling over plans to celebrate that milestone.



Drummer Sal Abruscato has “amicably” left LIFE OF AGONY, the band he was in, on and off, for the past two and a half decades.

Abruscato seemingly alluded to his exit from LIFE OF AGONY in a December 19 post on his personal Facebook page. He wrote: “Sometimes you just have to let go and say goodbye to old friends, the past and its ghosts. Move forward, grow up, grab that life preserver and jump off the ship. I have three beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife that love me and that’s what is important.”

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sal started playing drums at age 10. He co-founded TYPE O NEGATIVE with Peter Steele and performed on the albums “Slow, Deep And Hard” (1991), “Origin Of The Feces” (1992), “Bloody Kisses” (1993) and various best-of compilations and soundtracks. As the drummer for LIFE OF AGONY, he played on “River Runs Red” (1993), “Ugly” (1995), “River Runs Again” (2003), “Broken Valley” (2005) and “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” (2017). Additional projects include SUPERMASSIV and MY MORTALITY. He is also the singer, songwriter and guitarist for A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH.

In a 2010 interview with Metalgeek, Sal stated about his original departure from LIFE OF AGONY in 1996: “There were many tensions during the recordings of ‘Ugly’. The producer was terrible. He wasn’t really pushing the band, he wasn’t really doing what he was paid for. There was also issues with the songwriting. There was pressure from the record company to make ‘River Runs Red Part 2’. Had we maybe had a different producer, one that cared — like [‘River Runs Red’ producer] Josh [Silver] did — and pushed the band, maybe it would have been different, maybe not.”

Sal added: “Everyone was a young buck but everybody was just kids. When you’re older, you know how to handle situations. We were wild, so we would say shit. [Laughs] And then that would cause tensions.”

According to Abruscato, it wasn’t his choice to leave LIFE OF AGONY in 1996. “They just decided that there was issues with me and it ended with a falling out, basically,” he said. “So I think it was mutual. A part of me was relieved, but at the same time, I was a little bit upset about how the thing was handled.”

“A Place Where There’s No More Pain” was issued in April via Napalm. LIFE OF AGONY‘s fifth studio LP marked the band’s first release since singer Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo) came out as transgender in 2011.

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GLEN DROVER’s New Album To Include Guest Appearances By TESTAMENT, QUEENSRŸCHE Members

Former MEGADETH Guitarist GLEN DROVER's New Album To Include Guest Appearances By TESTAMENT, QUEENSRŸCHE Members

During a recent interview with the “American Made Guitar Show”, Canadian guitarist Glen Drover (MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND) revealed that he was working on two new albums for a possible 2018 release. “One of them, which is a guest-singers album, as I call it right now — there’s no title for it — is an album with, basically, nine or 10 songs with different singers from the industry,” Glen said. “I’ve been working on it for quite some time, kind of on and off, and it’s pretty close to being done now. But that’s an album, like I said, just different singers. There’s one track that has Chuck Billy from TESTAMENT on it, one has Todd [La Torre] from QUEENSRŸCHE, Henning [Basse] from FIREWIND. Just a bunch of really good singers, be it both buddies of mine that I met through my travels with the bands that I was in and became friends with or just singers that I really looked up to and really wanted to work with and hadn’t worked with in the past.”

According to Drover, the album will contain mostly original material with “maybe one or two covers,” including his rendition of the ALICE IN CHAINS classic “Junkhead”, featuring his brother Shawn Drover (ex-MEGADETH) on drums and Lance Harvill on vocals. Glen added that he is “really proud” of his version of “Junkhead”, which can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

As for the other disc, Glen said that it was “more like kind of like a follow-up to the ‘Metalusion’ album I did in 2011, which is all instrumental. I’d say it’s about maybe halfway finished,” he said. “Again, another album that I’ve been kind of working on here and there, working on when I feel like it. And when time allows, because some of the people that are involved, like Jim [Gilmour] from SAGA, who’s finishing up some touring in Europe with SAGA, it’s about when we all have time to do our parts and put things together and record and so forth. Yeah, that’s an album that I don’t know when it’ll be finished. I’m hoping it’s gonna be all completed and out by the summer of next year. I’ve been just kind of slow working on it, again not just because of our schedules and doing other things, but also too just really trying to take my time and making sure that I’m really happy with everything. The first one I did was done in the same nature, where it was done over a couple of years, and I’m very proud of that album. For me, it’s my favorite recording that I’ve done with anybody, or have done, period.”

Drover left MEGADETH at the end of 2007 and was replaced by Chris Broderick, who previously played with NEVERMORE and JAG PANZER.

Glen‘s debut solo album, “Metalusion”, was released in April 2011 via Magna Carta Records.

Drover said in a 2015 interview that he quit MEGADETH due to “personal stuff… I wasn’t really happy at the time there, in the situation. I wasn’t happy in the band at that time, and I just felt like I was away from my family too much, which I was. You know, my son was very young. It’s personal, but it’s true. That’s what happened. He was very young, and I was missing out on a lot of his youth. And being that I wasn’t happy in the band at that point, it was magnifying that. And that’s pretty much what it is.”

OVERKILL’s D.D. VERNI To Release Debut Solo Album

OVERKILL's D.D. VERNI To Release Debut Solo Album; 'Fire Up' Lyric Video Available

OVERKILL bassist and main songwriter D.D. Verni will release his first solo album in 2018. The record, which was mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, QUEENSRŸCHE, HATEBREED), is said to be a mix of all of Verni‘s influences. “There’s some metal, punk, and classic rock… it’s all in there, from QUEEN to GREEN DAY to METALLICA, I think we covered all the basses!” declares D.D.

The lyric video for the song “Fire Up” can be seen below.

Verni is currently seeking a label home for his first effort, which features a host of guitar players doing guest spots, including Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY), Angus Clark (TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Bruce Franklin (TROUBLE), Mike Romeo (SYMPHONY X), Mike Orlando (ADRENALINE MOB), Steve Leonard (ALMOST QUEEN), and Andre “Virus” Karkos (DOPE), who also contributed the rhythm guitar tracks. Rounding out the recording lineup is former OVERKILL drummer Ron Lipnicki.

“I’m psyched to get this disc out,” states Verni. “We had a lot of fun and a lot of great players contributed.”

In addition to OVERKILL‘s 18 full-length albums, Verni has four releases with his side band THE BRONX CASKET CO.

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NEVERMORE’s ‘The Complete Collection’ Due In March

Due on March 9, 2018 via Century Media is “The Complete Collection” by acclaimed U.S. progressive/thrash metallers NEVERMORE. A strictly limited 12-disc box set covering all recordings by these Seattle innovators, it includes all albums (some with bonus tracks), all EP and live releases, plus an extra disc of rarities and previously unreleased demo and live recordings. It comes with a hand-numbered collector’s certificate, 80-page booklet (with lyrics, photos, liner notes) as well as an exclusive poster flag (size: 95x65cm).

Formed in Seattle back in 1992, NEVERMORE developed quickly into one of the most revered metal bands of the time, representing a metallic counterpart to the “grunge” acts of the era. Blending the heaviness of traditional American thrash with progressive elements as well as the gloomy lyrics and impressive, emotionally charged vocal range of Warrel Dane (of SANCTUARY fame), albums such as “Dreaming Neon Black”, “Dead Heart In A Dead World”, and “This Godless Endeavor” are considered metal milestones to the very day. Having disbanded in 2011, NEVERMORE‘s timeless and incredibly consistent back catalog is revisited by Century Media Records on stunning, strictly limited box set release. Expanded with a poster flag (showing the band’s lineup on their masterpiece “This Godless Endeavor”), a disc filled to the brim with cover versions, bonus tracks and rarities, “The Complete Collection” celebrates one Century Media‘s finest bands on the verge of the label’s 30th anniversary in 2018.

NEVERMORE effectively split up when guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams announced their departure from the band due to personal differences with Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard. Warrel later described NEVERMORE in an interview as “the greatest band that alcohol ever ruined.”

Dane died on December 13 in São Paulo, Brazil at the age of 56. The singer reportedly had a heart attack during the night and could not be revived.

“The Complete Collection” track listing:

Disc 1: Nevermore (1995)

01. What Tomorrow Knows
02. C.B.F.
03. The Sanity Assassin
04. Garden Of Gray
05. Sea Of Possibilities
06. The Hurting Words
07. Timothy Leary
08. Godmoney

Bonus tracks

09. The System’s Failing
10. The Dreaming Mind (Demo 1992)
11. World Unborn (Demo 1992)
12. Chances Three (Demo 1992)
13. Utopia (Demo 1992)

Disc 2: In Memory (1996)

01. Optimist Or Pessimist
02. Matricide
03. In Memory
04. Silent Hedges/Double Dare (BAUHAUS cover)
05. The Sorrowed Man

Bonus tracks

06. The Tiananmen Man (Demo 1996)
07. The Seven Tongues Of God (Demo 1996)
08. Passenger (Demo 1996)
09. This Sacrament (Demo 1996)
10. 42147 (Instrumental Demo 1996)

Disc 3: The Politics Of Ecstasy (1996)

01. The Seven Tongues Of God
02. This Sacrament
03. Next In Line
04. Passenger
05. The Politics Of Ecstasy
06. Lost
07. The Tiananmen Man
08. Precognition
09. 42147
10. The Learning

Disc 4: Dreaming Neon Black (1999)

01. Ophidian
02. Beyond Within
03. The Death Of Passion
04. I Am the Dog
05. Dreaming Neon Black
06. Deconstruction
07. The Fault of the Flesh
08. The Lotus Eaters
09. Poison Godmachine
10. All Play Dead
11. Cenotaph
12. No More Will
13. Forever

Disc 5: Dead Heart In A Dead World (2000)

01. Narcosynthesis
02. We Disintegrate
03. Inside Four Walls
04. Evolution 169
05. The River Dragon Has Come
06. The Heart Collector
07. Engines Of Hate
08. The Sound Of Silence (SIMON & GARFUNKEL cover)
09. Insignificant
10. Believe In Nothing
11. Dead Heart In A Dead World

Disc 6: Enemies Of Reality (2003)

01. Enemies Of Reality
02. Ambivalent
03. Never Purify
04. Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
05. I, Voyager
06. Create The Infinite
07. Who Decides
08. Noumenon

Disc 7: Enemies Of Reality (Remixed & Remastered) (2005)

01. Enemies Of Reality
02. Ambivalent
03. Never Purify
04. Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
05. I, Voyager
06. Create The Infinite
07. Who Decides
08. Noumenon
09. Seed Awakening

Disc 8: This Godless Endeavor (2005)

01. Born
02. Final Product
03. My Acid Words
04. Bittersweet Feast
05. Sentient 6
06. Medicated Nation
07. The Holocaust Of Thought
08. Sell My Heart For Stones
09. The Psalm Of Lydia
10. A Future Uncertain
11. This Godless Endeavor

Disc 9: The Year Of The Voyager (2008) Live Album

CD 1

01. Final Product
02. My Acid Words
03. What Tomorrow Knows/Garden Of Grey
04. Next In Line
05. Enemies Of Reality
06. I, Voyager
07. The Politics Of Ecstasy
08. The River Dragon Has Come
09. I Am The Dog
10. Dreaming Neon Black

Disc 10 – Live Album CD 2:

01. Matricide
02. Dead Heart In A Dead World
03. Inside Four Walls
04. The Learning
05. Sentient 6
06. Narcosynthesis
07. The Heart Collector
08. Born
09. This Godless Endeavor

Disc 11: The Obsidian Conspiracy (2010)

01. The Termination Proclamation
02. Your Poison Throne
03. Moonrise (Through Mirrors Of Death)
04. And The Maiden Spoke
05. Emptiness Unobstructed
06. The Blue Marble and the New Soul
07. Without Morals
08. The Day You Built The Wall
09. She Comes in Colors
10. The Obsidian Conspiracy

Disc 12: Rarities & Demos

01. Temptation (THE TEA PARTY cover) – “The Obsidian Conspiracy” session
02. The Purist’s Drug (Japan bonus track) – “The Obsidian Conspiracy” sessions
03. Crystal Ship (THE DOORS cover) – “The Obsidian Conspiracy” sessions
04. All The Cowards Hide (Japan bonus track) – “Dead Heart In A Dead World” sessions
05. Chances Three (Japan bonus track) – “Dead Heart In A Dead World” sessions
06. Love Bites (JUDAS PRIEST cover) – “The Politics Of Ecstasy” sessions
07. Termination Proclamation (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
08. Your Poison Throne (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
09. Emptiness Unobstructed (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
10. The Obsidian Conspiracy (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
11. Dead Heart In A Dead World (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
12. We Disintegrate (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
13. Insignificant (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
14. Engines Of Hate (Instrumental Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
15. Acoustic Instrumental (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased

ARCH ENEMY To Release ‘1996 – 2017’ Deluxe Vinyl Box Set

Extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY will release a deluxe vinyl box set including all 10 studio albums and a bonus gatefold 2LP featuring covers and bonus tracks recorded between 1996 and 2017 on February 16, 2018. The hand-numbered box set also comes with a 36-page-booklet with liner notes. All albums are mastered for vinyl.

“1996 – 2017” will be available as a picture LP box set and also in the following vinyl colors:

* Black vinyl – limited to 1.500 copies
* Clear vinyl – limited to 100 copies, only available at CMDistro
* Transparent red vinyl – limited to 200 copies, only available at EMP
* Silver vinyl – limited to 100 copies, only available at Nuclear Blast
* Dark green vinyl – limited to 100 copies, only available at ST Records
* Picture vinyl – limited to 500 copies

Go to this location for all preorders.

ARCH ENEMY‘s latest album, “Will To Power”, was released on September 8 via Century Media. Co-produced by guitarist Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, the disc was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (OPETH, AT THE GATES, DIMMU BORGIR). The album’s cover artwork was designed by Alex Reisfar.

“Will To Power” marks the second ARCH ENEMY album since the departure of longtime singer Angela Gossow and addition of Alissa White-Gluz (formerly of THE AGONIST). It is also the first ARCH ENEMY disc to feature former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis, who joined the band in late 2014.

REX BROWN To Record Album Of Covers

Former PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN To Record Album Of Covers

Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown is planning to release an album of covers as the follow-up to his debut album, “Smoke On This…”. Asked what his next musical move will be, Brown told “Whiplash”, the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie: “I wanna continue in the direction I’m headed now. In fact, I’m gonna head into the studio and do some covers and just do a covers record — something to kind of fill… just [to release] more material and also to give the fans something cool.”

Rex recently completed a handful of German shows with his solo band, which consists of Joe Shadid on guitar, John Luke Hebert on drums, Francisco “Pancho” Tomaselli on bass and Lance Harvill on guitar.

Prior to embarking on the German tour, Rex played a one-off show at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee on July 14.

Rex told “Whiplash”: I just got back from Germany, and it was, like, you can rehearse the band for two years, but until you get in front of that crowd… I didn’t even put that in perspective until we came in. [We] really didn’t have a lot of shows behind us, and we wanted to get in those little clubs, and get hot and sweaty and get the vibe, and by the time that we had finished, I wanted to stay for another three or four weeks. It’s invigorating as an artist to have that kind of freedom. We didn’t play any covers, didn’t do anything like that, and just stretched 43 minutes of music into, like, an hour and a half, an hour [and] 20 minutes, you know? And it felt great. It felt awesome. So it’s a process of building, you know, for what I wanna do right now.”

“Smoke On This…” was released on July 28 via Entertainment One (eOne). The disc marks the first time in Brown‘s career in which he serves as both lead vocalist and guitarist in a band.

Rex tracked lead vocals, rhythm guitars, and bass for the album, working with his primary collaborator and old friend Lance Harvill, a Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter, on the album’s songs. Drums were tracked by Christopher Williams, whose talent has been utilized by country music star Lee Greenwood, the reconstituted BLACKFOOT and, most recently, metal legends ACCEPT. The album was produced by New Yorker-turned-Nashville-transplant Caleb Sherman, a multi-instrumentalist who has worked on records by LITTLE BIG TOWN and PORTER BLOCK, among others.