GREAT WHITE Parts Ways With Singer TERRY ILOUS

GREAT WHITE Parts Ways With Singer TERRY ILOUS, Replaces Him With MITCH MALLOY

GREAT WHITE has parted ways with singer Terry Ilous and has replaced him with Mitch Malloy (pictured above with guitarist Mark Kendall). Malloy, a celebrated songwriter and artist now based in Nashville, takes the reins as only the third lead vocalist in GREAT WHITE‘s 36-year history.

Mitch is an incredible singer, artist, songwriter and engineer,” GREAT WHITE lead guitarist Mark Kendall said. “We’re beyond excited to stretch our musical muscles with a fresh, new take on GREAT WHITE‘s catalog of hits.”

He added: “Terry Ilous has been released to join his other projects. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his run with GREAT WHITE.”

Malloy, who originally hails from Dickinson, North Dakota, charted his first solo single, “Anything At All” in 1992. His subsequent hits “Nobody Wins In This War” and “Our Love Will Never Die” also made Billboard‘s Top 100. Most recently he’s been cranking out penned hits and producing clients for his Malloy Master Tracks studio. These clients include Taylor Swift, BOYS LIKE GIRLS, Kenny Loggins, Craig Morgan, Johnny Gates and many more.

Malloy has been in this is this situation before. In 1996, VAN HALEN asked Malloy to take the reins as its singer. Although Malloy didn’t take the gig, he further established his reputation as a universally respected frontman. He’s thrilled to be a part of GREAT WHITE. He’s not trying to be a “clone” of previous singers Jack Rusell and Ilous.

“I have to represent this music honorably,” Malloy said. “I respect what has come before me, and have to remind fans of where they were when they first heard these songs. I also have to be myself at the same time. When I first heard my own voice with GREAT WHITE‘s music, I knew something special was going on.”

GREAT WHITE guitarist and keyboardist Michael Lardie praised Malloy for his musical chops and reputation.

“We had an immediate rapport with Mitch,” Lardie said. “I’m positive the fans will embrace Mitch and continue to support GREAT WHITE. This music is bigger than any one person.”

“We’re ready to rock with Mitch,” drummer Audie Desbrow added. “2018 and beyond still has a lot in store for GREAT WHITE. Don’t ever count us down and out. It feels like we’re just getting started.”

GREAT WHITE continues to tour worldwide and in the last four years logged nearly 400 dates in several states and countries. The band celebrated numerous milestones that included several sold-out performances, a return to the Zurich, Switzerland’s Rock Im Tal festival, the 10th anniversary of M3 Rock Festival and a handful of intimate, acoustic performances.

In June 2017, GREAT WHITE reunited with its original producer, Michael Wagener on the thrilling “Full Circle”. The nine-track album spawned the balls-to-the wall single “Big Time”. And for the first time in its career, GREAT WHITE gave a peek behind the curtain to its fans with the accompanying DVD “The Making Of Full Circle”.

Tour dates:

Jul. 14 – The Lucky Eagle Casino – Rochester, Wash.
Jul. 20 – Harrah’s Cherokee – Cherokee, N.C.
Jul. 21 – Macon City Auditorium – Macon, Georgia
Jul. 27 – St. Clair Riverfest – St. Clair, Mich.

Jul. 28 – Beaver Dam Amphitheater – Beaver Dam, Ky.
Jul. 30 – Monroe County Fair – Monroe, Mich.
Aug. 03 – Psycho Silo – Sheffield, Ill.
Aug. 04 – Clearfield County Fair – Clearfield, Pa.
Aug. 15 – Iowa State Fair – Des Moines, Iowa
Aug. 17 – Turning Stone Resort & Casino – Verona, N.Y.
Aug. 18 – Kentucky State Fair – Louisville, Ky
Aug. 19 – The Foundation Performing Arts Center – Spindale, N.C.
Aug. 25 – Idaho Rock Fest Melaleca Field – Idaho Falls, Idaho
Sep. 01 – Shenandoah County Fair – Woodstock, Va.
Sep. 02 – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille – Warrendale, Pa.
Sep. 08 – Grand Falls Casino – Larchwood, Iowa
Sep. 15 – Rockefella’s Music Festival II – Banning, Calif.
Sep. 22 – Southwind Casino – Newkirk, Okla.
Sep. 28 – Private Event – Detroit, Mich.
Sep. 29 – BMI Speedway – Versailles, Ohio
Oct. 06 – Pearl River Casino & Resort – Philadelphia, Pa.
Nov. 02 – Sycuan Casino – El Cajon, Calif.
Nov. 16 – Golden Nugget Casino – Las Vegas, Nev.

This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE, which features original GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Dan McNay on bass, Tony Montana on guitar and Dicki Fliszar on drums.


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SOULFLY To Release ‘Ritual’ Album In The Fall

SOULFLY has set “Ritual” as the title of its new album, tentatively due in October via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015’s “Archangel” was recorded with producer Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others.

Fan-filmed video footage of SOULFLY performing a new song called “The Summoning”, which will appear on “Ritual”, on June 28 in Zwolle, Netherlands can be seen below.

Max recently told PureGrainAudio about “Ritual”: “I know musicians [always] say their new record is their favorite, but [this new] SOULFLY [album] really hits home, man, because it’s got a little of everything that I really love about SOULFLY. It’s got some of the tribal elements back in the groove, and it’s got a lot of fast stuff. It’s almost like a ‘tribal thrash’ record, which is kind of… it’s never been done before. So it’s a real political and spiritual [album mixed] with tribal [and] thrash [sounds]. The tribal grooves go right in hand with fast thrash, death metal stuff. So it’s pretty cool, man. I think people are gonna be turned up when they hear the new SOULFLY.”

Max told Jack Antonio that the new SOULFLY album would include “a song about a Navajo murder that happened on a Navajo reservation — the police killed this young girl and I was really intrigued with the whole story and we made a song out of it,” he said.

As for the disc’s musical direction, Max said that it has “a little bit of a ‘Chaos A.D.’ [SEPULTURA] kind of feeling to it — that kind of groove, but also [with elements of] thrash. It’s a contemporary record — it feels like it’s done right now. I’m really stoked on it. I think it does kind of have that classic ‘Chaos A.D.’ feeling to it, which is great; I think it’s really cool to have that kind of feeling on the record.”

Max also praised his SOULFLY bandmates’ contributions to the new album, saying: “Marc Rizzo [SOULFLY guitarist] is doing some amazing guitar stuff. All the players — Zyon [Cavalera, Max‘s son and SOULFLY drummer] did a great job on the drums. I tried really hard to have different topics and different lyrics, so my vocals are a bit different and I’m touching different subjects on the album. So all that together makes it into something special.”


DEICIDE To Release ‘Overtures Of Blasphemy’ Album In September

Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE will release their long-awaited new album, “Overtures Of Blasphemy”, on September 14 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2013’s “In The Minds Of Evil” was produced by Jason Suecof (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TRIVIUM) at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida. The cover artwork was created by Zbigniew M. Bielak (GHOST, PARADISE LOST, MAYHEM) and can be seen below.

DEICIDE frontman Glen Benton states: “This album came together over time, meaning we didn’t want to rush it.

“A few people might remember an interview where Steve Asheim (original member, drummer/songwriter) said ‘the material is done, but it’s just not there yet.’ Well, that was the jumping off point of when this album truly started taking shape and the songs became what they are now…complete, compact and effective. As the band pushed forward, so did the writing process and a few other processes which made the record and the band stronger. The result is ‘Overtures Of Blasphemy’, perhaps the group’s strongest release to date.

Jason Suecof lended his considerable talents and attention to detail in making the tracking of the songs as great as they can be and the final mix as sonically brutal, yet as listenable as possible. An arduous process, but one well worth the time and effort.”

Bielak states: “If you experienced the death metal boom of the early ’90s first hand, you know why DEICIDE‘s flaming logo was the ultimate threat in the sanity department.

“Working with Glen Benton was a great honor and a throwback to the time when death metal aesthetics were at their vilest.

“Satan Spawn the Caco Deamon is alive and well.”

DEICIDE in 2016 parted ways with longtime guitarist Jack Owen and replaced him with Mark English (MONSTROSITY).

DEICIDE 2018 is:

Glen Benton (Vocals, Bass)
Steve Asheim Drums)
Kevin Quirion (Guitars)
Mark English (Guitars)

ALICE IN CHAINS To Release ‘Rainier Fog’ Album In August

ALICE IN CHAINS will release its new album, “Rainier Fog”, on August 24. The latest single from the effort, “So Far Under” can be streamed below.

About “So Far Under”, ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist/guitarist William DuVall says: “It’s about feeling completely up against it — outnumbered, surrounded, facing seemingly unbeatable odds and being really pissed off about it. It was inspired by personal circumstances, as well as events in the wider world. But it’s not as resigned to defeat as it may seem. The lyric is a cold, hard assessment of a difficult situation but the music has a message all its own. There’s still room to flip the script. Every aspect of writing and recording this song will always be remembered with a lot of joy — from recording the basic tracks and the guitar solo at Studio X in Seattle to doing further overdubs at Nick Raskulinecz‘s studio in rural Tennessee. Everyone in the band and our studio team really stepped up and knocked it out of the park on this one. We’re extremely proud of this song and the entire album.”

“Rainier Fog” marks a few firsts for ALICE IN CHAINS: in addition to being their first album in five years, it’s their first album for BMG and their first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years (worth noting that the album title is a tribute to Seattle). They recorded at Studio X, the same facility where they tracked 1995’s self-titled “Alice In Chains” album (back when the studio was known as Bad Animals). The “Rainier Fog” recording process also saw the band spend time at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles and at the Nashville studio of producer Nick Raskulinecz. “Rainier Fog” is the third straight ALICE IN CHAINS album recorded with Raskulinecz and engineer Paul Figueroa. The album was mixed by Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TOOL).

“Rainier Fog” track listing:

01. The One You Know
02. Rainier Fog
03. Red Giant
04. Fly

05. Drone
06. Deaf Ears Blind Eyes
07. Maybe
08. So Far Under
09. Never Fade
10. All I Am

Guitarist and co-vocalist Jerry Cantrell told Guitar World about the upcoming LP: “It’s not that we were keeping it a secret — we just didn’t want to say a whole lot about it until we had something to say. And we certainly have something to say with this one. It’s a fucking strong record.”

As for the musical direction of the new ALICE IN CHAINS material, Cantrell said: “It’s a record we haven’t done yet, I can tell you that. But it’s also a record that has all the elements of anything you would expect from us. It’s got our fingerprint. And we’re really proud of the material that we wrote and the performances we captured. There’s some really heavy shit, some really ugly stuff, some real beautiful stuff, some weirdo trippy shit… it’s good!”

Cantrell also addressed the fact that it has been five years since the release of ALICE IN CHAINS‘ last album. “It’s a lot of work doing a record,” he said, “and I think it gets harder the older we get. But we just wait until we’re ready and until we have enough material that’s up to the ALICE IN CHAINS standard, and then we do what we do. This is just the racket that we make when we get together.”

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” was the band’s second disc with Duvall, who joined in 2006 following the death of Layne Staley.

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” sold 62,000 copies in its first week of release. It followed up 2009’s “Black Gives Way To Blue”.

The first two singles from “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, “Hollow” and “Stone”, both hit No. 1 on the rock radio airplay charts, while the album itself debuted on the Billboard album chart at No. 2.

METAL ALLEGIANCE ‘Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty’ Features Members Of OVERKILL, ACCEPT & Others

METAL ALLEGIANCE — with its four core members: David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER) and Mark Menghi — began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself.

The band will release its sophomore album, “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty”, on September 7 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The thrash-worshiping disc merges old-school legends with the modern metallers of the scene to produce groove-driven, adrenaline-soaked anthems while tackling the frustrating state of the world.

Guest musicians on “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty” include Trevor Strnad (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), John Bush (ARMORED SAINT), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Mark Tornillo (ACCEPT), Max Cavalera (SOULFLY), Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH) and Johan Hegg (AMON). The album also marks the return of Mark Oseguesda (DEATH ANGEL) and Troy Sanders (MASTODON).

The official video for the first single from the disc, “Mother Of Sin”, featuring Ellsworth, can be seen below.

“Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty” was produced by Menghi and Skolnick while Mark Lewis of MRL Studios handled the mixing and mastering. The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY, HATEBREED) and Rafael Tavares.

“Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty” track listing:

01. The Accuser (feat. Trevor Strnad)
02. Bound By Silence (feat. John Bush)
03. Mother Of Sin (feat. Bobby Blitz)
04. Terminal Illusion (feat. Mark Tornillo)

05. King With A Paper Crown (feat. Johan Hegg)
06. Voodoo Of The Godsend (feat. Max Cavalera)
07. Liars & Thieves (feat. Troy Sanders)
08. Impulse Control (feat. Mark Osegueda)
09. Power Drunk Majesty (Part I) (feat. Mark Osegueda)
10. Power Drunk Majesty (Part II) (feat. Floor Jansen)

ACCEPT To Release ‘Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017’ In November

German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT will release a live set, “Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017”, on November 23 via Nuclear Blast. Fans can expect a unique ACCEPT show, shot on August 3, 2017 at the legendary Wacken Open Air festival, where the band played the biggest and most extraordinary show of its career in front of 80,000, on top of thousands more fans watching via a live stream.

The two-hour concert was divided into three parts, showing the full creative power of ACCEPT: The first part featured the premiere of new tracks “Die By The Sword” and “Koolaid”, as well as some of the band’s most popular songs, such as “Restless And Wild” and “Pandemic”. The middle part featured guitarist Wolf Hoffmann accompanied by a symphony orchestra, presenting the best tracks from his recent solo album, “Headbangers Symphony”, which includes metal versions of some of the world’s biggest classical compositions (e.g. from Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi). And in the last but not least part, fans were able to bang their heads to ACCEPT anthems (also accompanied by the orchestra), such as “Princess Of The Dawn”, “Breaker”, “Fast As A Shark” and “Metal Heart”, as well as to newwe songs like “Stalingrad”, “Shadow Soldiers” and “Teutonic Terror”. The finale was an eight-minute version of ACCEPT‘s classic song “Balls To The Walls”.

“This was a mash-up of intensity and precision,” Wolf Hoffmann says about the fusion of heavy metal and classical music. “The fans are extremely open-minded, but I was nervous ’till the last minute before the show anyway. After all, it’s still a metal festival! But I think that, after many years of ACCEPT combining both worlds, fans have started to really accept this concept.”

After the Wacken performance, Hoffmann told TotalRock‘s Whitney Alyson Ribbins: “It was phenomenal. We didn’t really know what to expect. We did some rehearsals and stuff, but that was the first time we were ever on stage with an orchestra. It was totally different to what we normally do, but it sounded fantastic and it felt great. Everybody was smiling, the orchestra people had a lot of fun, the conductor was in a great mood and everybody was, like, ‘This is fun.’ It all went really, really smooth and it couldn’t have gone better.”

He continued: “A lot of preparation went into it — months of talking about it and organizing everything and writing the scores and writing all the sheet music for everybody, because playing with an orchestra, you can’t just jam.”

Asked whether this was something he would like to do again, Wolf responded: “Yeah, I’d love to. For me, classical music… the sound of an orchestra is something that has always fascinated me. My whole life I have wanted to combine the two elements together. I’ve done it by using classical bits and pieces in my solos over the years, then I made a solo record, then I made a solo record with an orchestra and now finally live on stage with an orchestra like that, fifty people, it was a dream come true.”

What started as a world premiere at Wacken will be continued in early 2019. ACCEPT is planning to tour with an orchestra across Europe in the spring of next year. “I really hope we will be able to fulfill our dream — we are working hard on it!” Hoffmann says. “What I can already say now is that there will be lots of optical and musical surprises that fans of ACCEPT have never experienced before. We want to multiply what we have achieved in Wacken and are happy about every bit of support we get. One thing is for sure: 2019 will be exciting!”


SUNFLOWER DEAD To Release ‘C O M A’ Album

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SUNFLOWER DEAD TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM C O M A VIA EMP LABEL GROUP 10/19. ANNOUNCE UPDATED LINEUP INCLUDING POWERFLO/EX-FEAR FACTORY BASSIST CHRISTIAN OLDE WOLBERS.

6/19/18

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Hard Rockers SUNFLOWER DEAD have announced they have signed to EMP LABEL GROUP, who will release the band’s upcoming third album C O M A, October 19th.

The album, produced by Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Evanescence) features an updated lineup of the band, including founding members Vocalist (and Accordion player) Michael Del Pizzo, Guitarist Jaboo, and Jamie Teissere (Droid), rounded out by Powerflo/Former Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, and Brian “Brett” Weir, formerly of Starset, on drums.

The follow up to 2015’s It’s Time To Get Weird, which featured the Active Rock Top 40 hit, and title track, “It’s Time To Get Weird”, featuring Jonathan Davis of Korn, C O M A is a stripped down, raw beast of a modern Hard Rock record, to match the band’s recently stripped down image. Starting life, and continuing through 2 records with intricate costumes and heavy, zombie-esque, stage makeup, C O M A sees the band step out from behind the image, and put the focus on the songs.

Says vocalist Del Pizzo, “Though we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished on our own with the more theatrical version of the band, SFD has grown considerably. The entire process of writing and recording this album was fueled by a sense of aggression unlike anything in our previous output. It was clear to everyone involved that this was the moment to strip off the makeup, sign with a label and let the music speak for itself. So we did. And when it came down to it, EMP was definitely the right place.”

He adds, “We have known Thom (Hazaert) forever. He actually helped launch SFD’s first album and got us our first national tour back in 2012. Combine that with having David Ellefson on our side, and this was an easy decision.

Adds guitarist Jaboo, “The music on C O M A is more focused, vicious and emotionally dialed in than any of our previous work. This record is like the rebirth of the band similar to what Christopher Nolan did with the Batman saga. That rebirth is that much stronger with the addition of Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Poweflo) on bass and Brian “Brett” Weir (Downplay, Starset) on drums.”

Says EMP’s David Ellefson, “Sunflower Dead is a great, hardworking band who truly embodies the type of DIY ethos that EMP was built on. They have not only released their own records and had great success at radio, but also managed to tour the World supporting major artists, all without the support of a label. We’re proud to welcome them into the EMP Family!”

Sunflower Dead spent the last 3 years on the road supporting Weird including dates with SNOT and KORN in the UK, both legs of IN THIS MOMENT’s “Hellpop” Tour, as well as runs supporting AVATAR, HELLYEAH, and MUSHROOMHEAD. The band will hit the road again in the Fall to support C O M A.