Children Of Bodom: Spring Release For New Album Planned

Children Of Bodom‘s tenth studio album is scheduled for a March release date. The group’s bassist Henkka Seppälä confirmed this news recently in an interview with TNT Radio Rock. Seppälä also stated during the chat that the release will feature more ‘technical riffing’ with frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho “pushing hits abilities to their limits.” Recording sessions for the outing started in late March with producer Mikko Karmila (Amorphis, Nightwish) behind the boards.

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Skindred Announces North American Tour With Sumo Cyco

Welsh ragga metal veterans Skindred has announced that they will be heading out on a headlining tour of North America this Fall, with support on the trek coming from Sumo Cyco and Raven Black.

The band are eagerly anticipating their return: “We are blown away by the success ‘That’s My Jam’is currently having in America. It’s heartwarming that our once second home is once again opening its arms to Skindred. This North American tour is so exciting for us, we can’t wait to spread Big Tings across the land and so say all of us, Let’s Dred into America!”

The tour dates are as follows:

September 26 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904*
September 27 – Ft. Myers, FL – The Buddha Bar
September 28 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum*
September 29 – Longwood, FL – Shovelhead
October 2 – Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina
October 3 – Harrisburg, PA – Chameleon Club
October 4 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
October 5 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation – Intersection
October 6 – West Dundee, IL – Rockhaus
October 7 – Racine, WI – Route 20 Outhouse
October 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
October 9 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
October 10 – Madison, WI – The Annex
October 11 – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
October 12 – Tempe, AZ – Tempe Marketplace*

* support will not appear

Metal Underground recently caught up with Skindred frontman Benji Webbe on the band’s headlining tour of the UK. You can watch the chat below.

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Amorphis To Host Fan Q&A Session On YouTube

The Finnish masters of melancholic progressive metal from Amorphis will partake in a live Q&A with fans next Thursday, September 3, 2015.

Fans can visit the band’s Youtube channel here that day at 9 am PDT / Noon EDT / 6 pm CEST to participate in the chat, or submit their questions via the wall of the band’s Facebook page by Wednesday, September 2.

New Amorphis album “Under The Red Cloud” (reviewed here) was produced by the renowned Jens Bogren and features artwork by the extraordinary Valnoir Mortasonge. The album also includes special guest appearances from Chrigel Glanzmann (Eluvetie), Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth) and Aleah Stanbridge (Trees Of Eternity).

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MEGADETH’s DAVID ELLEFSON: We Tried To Make ‘Rust In Peace’ Lineup Reunion Work

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson took part in a question-and-answer session at this year’s Comicpalooza international comic convention, which was held May 22-25 in Houston, Texas. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below (courtesy of MSRcast). A couple of excerpts follow below (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On MEGADETH‘s failed attempt to reunite the band’s “Rust In Peace” lineup — featuring guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza — following last year’s departures of Chris Broderick (guitar) and Shawn Drover (drums):

“Last year, MEGADETH went through a management change and a few different things. And a year off the road is a long time for a group. And not necessarily for the MEGADETH name, but.. Shawn Drover, our drummer, and Chris Broderick, our guitar player, were inspired to write some songs together. They’d actually asked me to be part of it with ’em. And it didn’t ever, kind of, feel ‘at home’ to me. I mean, I didn’t really wanna leave MEGADETH to go do it. But I’m always up for doing some things on the side… Shawn and Chris made the decision to leave. And so, of course, that leaves us looking at, ‘What are we gonna do?’ And now, the first thing fans said is, ‘Oh my God! Get Nick Menza and Marty Friedman back. Do the ‘Rust In Peace’ reunion.’ Blah blah blah. And I’ve gotta be honest with you: Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman] was completely receptive to any and all options — probably more than I’ve ever seen… absolutely more than I’ve ever seen him — ever. Ever. So he definitely should not ever be painted as a bad guy that that lineup [reunion] did not happen. He was as open to it… He called me… I was in South America, ironically, playing a show with Kiko [Loureiro], our new guitar player, on a ‘Metal Allstars’ tour. And it was Geoff Tate, myself… Kiko‘s band, ANGRA, was one of the support acts, and Kiko came up and played with me and Geoff Tate on some songs. And I looked at Kiko and I went, ‘You know, if anything would ever happen, he might be a guy to keep his number, just in case MEGADETH ever needed a guitar player.’… So Dave called me, and he said, ‘What do you think about Nick Menza? I’m getting some reports from some people I trust that we should consider maybe doing this reunion.’ So we talked about it. And I’ve been friends with… I’m the one guy who’s been friends with all the former MEGADETH members. And so I said, ‘Well, listen, I think we should at least try it.’ I said, ‘Before we do anything, though, let’s get in a room with Nick,’ which we did — me and Dave and Nick, at Dave‘s studio in California. And I said, ‘Let’s try it. First and foremost, let’s be musicians and see if can play good together, and if we can play good together, let’s see, then, if we even like each other.’ Because that’s another big part of being in a group together — hopefully you at least kind of, sort of can stand each other. And so we did. And we just realized… It’s, like, we had a lot of laughs and it was fun, but I think Dave and I felt right away that musically… We weren’t convinced that it was the next chapter of MEGADETH. And to go back and just do a cash grab, it would be short-lived, and I think our fans… Again, the transparency of the metal fans… They would know right away. And it’s, like, you can never do things just for the money. You can do things that make you money, but you can never do it just for the money, when you’re dealing with art and you’re dealing with artistic things. You just can’t do it. I mean, sequels of movies, right?! How many of those have we seen? And we know that there’s a financial prize in that, but seldom are they ever as good as the first one. It’s just hard to bring those things together, yet somehow in rock bands, people think, ‘Just call the guys up and get ’em together and it’ll be great, like it was in 1992.’ But people move on, and people’s playing styles change. Dave and I have been very blessed to play with, really, some of the best musicians in the world, both in metal and otherwise. And we had a meeting at NAMM in January, where we sat down with Marty and Nick and our manager [at the time]. And I’ve gotta be honest with you: Dave, again, was as open as he could have ever been to having a reunion and trying to make it work. And, if anything, I was the ‘bad cop’ of that. I let Dave be the ‘good cop’ for a change. As partners, I thought, ‘He always gets the bad rap. I’ll be the guy, kind of, stirring the waters, and I’ll let him be the good guy.’ And we gave it every possible opportunity for it to work, and it just really… Dave and I walked out of that meeting [thinking], ‘Yeah, I don’t think it’s gonna happen.’ And we just really had to be honest with ourselves and preserve the name ‘MEGADETH.’ And also, MEGADETH doesn’t… Our creative days are not over. I mean, we have still music in us. We’re not just a nostalgia act to go play the hits of the glory days. We have a lot of music in us, so here we are with the new record.”

On MEGADETH‘s forthcoming album:

Chris Adler, from LAMB OF GOD, played on it, played drums, who’s a total badass. And you’re gonna hear Chris playing different on this new record than you would hear him in LAMB OF GOD. I talked to Chris. I said, ‘This is gonna be an opportunity for you to broaden your horizons and be more than just who everyone knows you, doing the blast beats and your LAMB OF GOD thing.’ So, musically, for him, I think it was a really good… a great season of maybe growing in some new directions with his drumming, which is great. And Kiko is really… I mean, I didn’t realize back in November when I played with him… I knew he was good, but I didn’t realize how great he is as a… not just a guitar player, but as a musician. I mean, this guy… he’ll walk in a room and go, ‘That’s a G sharp.’ I’m, like,’ What are you talking about?’ He’ll go,’ That note right there. In the middle of those 85 notes, that’s a G sharp…’ [And I’m, like] ‘How did you…?’ Me and Dave are, like, ‘We hate him. This guy’s too good. Get him out of here.’ So, no… But Kiko is just a fantastic… And again, you wonder… We played with some great musicians. I mean, Marty Friedman, there’s a reason why people like him in MEGADETH. He really brought a unique stamp to the sound. He changed the MEGADETH sound in a way that really improved it. And I was sitting there, going, ‘How are we ever gonna get a guy that’s gonna do something like that again?’ And I’ve gotta be honest with you: I think Kiko is that guy.”

On who will play drums for MEGADETH when it’s time to play shows again:

Chris [Adler] is such a fan of MEGADETH. Chris playing with MEGADETH would be like me joining KISS. We’re, like, his favorite band ever and the band that got him into music. I mean, he’s so humbly appreciative of the opportunity and being part of this. And so, anyway, we’ve talked about shows coming up, [and] Chris was, like, ‘Dude, I’ll move anything I can anywhere to try to make it happen; I just wanna play with MEGADETH.’ He may play one show with us and go, ‘That’s it. I’m done. I don’t ever wanna do that again.’ So we’ll find out as it’s coming up. But the goal is Chris would like to play with us as much as possible. And we are still looking to where is the best time to release this new [MEGADETH] record, so as we’re looking at some dates coming up, they’re not necessarily predicated on the new album being out. And I guess it’s kind of cool thing with MEGADETH — we can play shows and not necessarily have to have a new album to go play those [dates].”

David Ellefson question-and-answer session from this year’s Comicpalooza (audio):

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Thy Art Is Murder New Interview With Drummer Lee Stanton & Vocalist Chris “CJ” McMahon Posted

Australia’s Thy Art Is Murder’s drummer Lee Stanton and vocalist Chris “CJ” McMahon recently met up with Impericon to answer some questions and talk about the new album “Holy War”, which is set to drop this month via Nuclear Blast.

Check out the chat below.

Thy Art Is Murder also just released an official music video for the track “Light Bearer” off the upcoming new album “Holy War”.

In case you missed it you can also check it out now below.

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Sonny Sandoval (vocals) – P.O.D. – Aftershock Festival Artist

It was a hot afternoon as my call was connected to P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval. Although a short conversation, he seemed a sincere, dedicated man who believes in all that he does. Here’s our chat as it starts with Sonny saying, “Hey Mark!” Q: Hey Sonny, what’s happening? A: Just runnin around right now! (laughs) […]

more metal news here:
Sonny Sandoval (vocals) – P.O.D. – Aftershock Festival Artist

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Cult Of Luna’s Johannes Persson To Host Fan Chat

Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 9th) at 4pm EST, fans of Sweden’s Cult of Luna will have the rare opportunity to participate in a live chat with band member Johannes Persson. Fans can head here to sign up and be notified when the chat goes live.

“Vertikal,” the new studio album from Sweden’s Cult of Luna, will be released via Indie Recordings in Europe on January 25th, 2013 and Density Records in the U.S. on January 29th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:

“Vertikal marks a much-anticipated return for Cult of Luna after five years spent cultivating the ideas and directing the influences that have helped form a concept for the album. Distilled throughout are themes of machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures honed to the visual imagery of Fritz Lang’s classic expressionist science-fiction film ‘Metropolis’. The music broods, builds and boils as you may expect from Cult of Luna, but never over-complicates itself or veers from its intentions; it is arguably their finest and most cohesive piece of work to date.”

The track listing for “Vertikal” is as follows:

1. The One
2. I: The Weapon
3. Vicarious Redemption
4. The Sweep
5. Synchronicity
6. Mute Departure
7. Disharmonia
8. In Awe Of
9. Passing Through
10. The Flow Reversed (Bonus Track LTD Edition only)

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ArmyOfOneTV Posts Interview With Members Of Undivided

Members of the metal band Undivided spoke to ArmyOfOneTV on Dec 15th at The Loft in Poughkeepsie when they were supporting Marc Rizzo of Soulfly. The band discussed its third European tour with Pro-Pain and the European scene versus the American scene among other things. Previously, Undivided toured Europe in 2009 and 2011 respectively and now they are getting ready for a new tour in 2013. Watch the chat below.

The band released a video for the song “Why You Running” that comes off its newest album “No One’s Safe” released in 2011. The video contains live footage of Undivided’s previous European tour with Pro-Pain in 2011, and can be watched at this location.

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Katatonia’s Anders Nystrom Talks Cancelled Opeth Tour And New Bloodbath Vocalist had the chance to interview guitarist Anders Nystrom (Katatonia, Bloodbath) in New York City last weekend, and during the chat Anders revealed that Katatonia’s originally planned fall tour with Opeth has been canned, and also confirmed that Bloodbath has found a replacement for Mikael Akerfeldt in Bloodbath. Excerpts from the interview follow.

Metal Insider: Speaking about touring, guitarist Fredrik Akesson let it slip this past summer that Opeth and Katatonia would be touring North America again later this year. Is that still happening?

That was supposed to happen, but Mikael [Akerfeldt, Opeth frontman] actually pulled the plug on that at the last minute. It’s very unfortunate because we have two more days on this tour now. In three days, we were supposed to start that tour, so it’s a bummer really. We were ready to do that.

Metal Insider: Did he give a reason for canning the tour?

I think honestly, Mikael’s burnt. He’s just been touring nonstop, constantly. I think he had to choose his priorities because they’re going out in Europe in a month as well. So that would mean they probably wouldn’t have a gap at all and they decided to pull on this tour, which is unfortunate for us. But things like that happen, it’s out of our control.

Metal Insider On the plus side, at least you guys did get to tour together. It brought a lot of exposure for the band, I’m sure. I remember when we were speaking you were like, “that would be the perfect tour for us” and one year later…

It was a perfect tour. We could see our fanbase grow tremendously from that one. And Opeth, of course, are our old buddies, so it was probably the most smooth tour for us.

Metal Insider: Speaking of Mikael Akerfeldt, he recently announced that he was no longer in Bloodbath (the death metal supergroup also featuring Nystrom and singer Jonas P. Renske’s death metal project). I know you were optimistic that Bloodbath would record and tour again when we last spoke. Given Akerfeldt’s departure, what’s the current status of Bloodbath?

Well, we are going to make one new album. That’s part of the agenda. We’re already looking at seeing where we can fit it in schedule wise. The big obstacle is that Axe [Martin Axenrot, drummer of Opeth] is still in it. We use to say “Oh, Mikael is so busy, it’s hard to do Bloodbath,” but it’s just as busy for Axe, right? So we’re trying to look at the first week he can get off Opeth. We’re just gonna try to throw him into a studio and lay down drum tracks because after the drum tracks are done, we can just work whenever we want. Just on and off, weekends here and there. So we’re gonna try to work on the album in 2013 where we have the gaps. And we’ll see… This is a thing I’m not allowed to say, but with the new singer and everything like that.

Metal Insider: There is a new singer?

Yeah there is, but we cannot go out with an official, like 100% confirmation on who it is because there is a little bit more discussion to be done and a little bit more paperwork to be done. It’s like bullshit stuff.

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