Tremonti Posts New Music Video “Throw Them To The Lions” Online

Tremonti has just released another music video, for the latest single from the band’s Napalm Records release “A Dying Machine.” “Throw Them To The Lions” is an up-tempo metal song, something that Tremonti has come to be known for over their multiple releases through the years. The video was filmed at a recent sold-out show in the UK and can be seen below.

Last month, Metal Underground caught up with Mark Tremonti to talk all about “A Dying Machine” and the progress of a new Alter Bridge album. You can also view the interview below.

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Great White Drummer Audie Desbrow Speaks On Split With Vocalist Terry Ilous

In a recent interview with Listen Iowa, Great White drummer Audie Desbrow discussed the recent split with singer Terry Ilous, who had been in the band for seven years and the decision to replace him with Mitch Malloy. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:

Q: There had been some grumblings online about Terry’s delivery of the songs that put you guys on the map with your original vocalist, Jack Russell. Some fans weren’t satisfied with what they were hearing. Did that play a part in this at all?

Desbrow: “The fans are very used to hearing Jack Russell’s voice in Great White. It’s very identifiable. With Terry, we could have gotten a Jack clone, but we didn’t. Terry fit the criteria of the music direction that we were going in very well. But some people thought we were actually trying to pass him off as Jack, which wasn’t our intention at all. It’s really hard after someone plays in the band for so long. You try to do the best interpretation of the phrasing of Great White. After a while, when you start to add your own style to it, it starts to stray away from what people want to hear.”

“Some things don’t work out business-wise, so we had to part ways with Terry. There were differences of opinions, personality clashes. Certain things just don’t work out after time and you just have to move on. It’s one of those things that sadly has to happen in the music world. I actually got along with Terry well. He’s a great singer. But Mitch is great, too, and we look forward to working with him.”

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Kiss’ Gene Simmons Denies Sexual Battery Allegations – Says Evidence Will Prove His Innocence

A nameless woman has filed suit against Kiss’ Gene Simmons for his alleged actions during an interview on November 01st, 2017. According to the suit, the woman is a “longtime on-air personality for a local rock station.” The alleged incidents are said to have taken place during an on-camera interview with Gene Simmons and his bandmate Paul Stanley.

The suit levels accusations of sexual battery, gender violence, battery, gender discrimination and more against Simmons and was filed December 15th, 2017 in the Superior Court of California.

Among the plaintiff’s claims are Simmons placing her hand on his knee and holding it there, turning various questions into “sexual innuendos” and some unwanted touching. It further alleges that Simmons touched her buttocks while posing for a promotional photograph. It is stated that all of Simmons‘ alleged advances were repeatedly rebuffed throughout the interview.

Notably the interview took place at the Rock & Brews restaurant location in Highland California – a restaurant chain co-founded in part by Simmons and Stanley. The establishment is also named as a defendant in the case. You can read a copy of the entire suit below.

Simmons for his part has denied the allegations, stating via Facebook:

“Friends,

I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media.

For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way.

I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations.

And I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence.”

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Kiss’ Gene Simmons Denies Sexual Battery Allegations – Says Evidence Will Prove His Innocence

A nameless woman has filed suit against Kiss’ Gene Simmons for his alleged actions during an interview on November 01st, 2017. According to the suit, the woman is a “longtime on-air personality for a local rock station.” The alleged incidents are said to have taken place during an on-camera interview with Gene Simmons and his bandmate Paul Stanley.

The suit levels accusations of sexual battery, gender violence, battery, gender discrimination and more against Simmons and was filed December 15th, 2017 in the Superior Court of California.

Among the plaintiff’s claims are Simmons placing her hand on his knee and holding it there, turning various questions into “sexual innuendos” and some unwanted touching. It further alleges that Simmons touched her buttocks while posing for a promotional photograph. It is stated that all of Simmons‘ alleged advances were repeatedly rebuffed throughout the interview.

Notably the interview took place at the Rock & Brews restaurant location in Highland California – a restaurant chain co-founded in part by Simmons and Stanley. The establishment is also named as a defendant in the case. You can read a copy of the entire suit below.

Simmons for his part has denied the allegations, stating via Facebook:

“Friends,

I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media.

For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way.

I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations.

And I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence.”

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Soulfly To Record New Album In January 2018

Soulfly have announced that they will be entering the studio in January to record the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Archangel’, which will most likely be released in summer 2018 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The as of yet untitled album will be recorded with Josh Wilbur who also worked with Max Cavalera’s other band Killer Be Killed, as well as heavy-hitters Lamb Of God and Gojira.

In an interview with Backstage Axxess, Cavalera said:
“I’m actually writing right now. I’m collecting the riffs right now and getting the ideas.” and added: “I’m excited, because I think the album will have a little bit of a return to some tribal sounds that I haven’t done since ‘Prophecy’. So that’ll be cool, to return to some of that. And then the rest of the album will be a continuation of ‘Archangel’; a lot of people like ‘Archangel’. And, of course, I think that it will be also somehow be influenced by ‘Psychosis’, ’cause ‘Psychosis’ was such a cool record that I’m sure that somewhere we’ll have the influence of that on top of it too.”

In another interview with the No Limits Music Show, he explained that the next Soulfly album will be:

“… deeply tribal, very spiritual. There’s a concept. I cannot tell you much about it, ’cause it’s kind of a surprise. But there is a concept behind the record, and I have not done a record with a concept like this since ‘Roots’. So this one has got the same kind of feeling that ‘Roots’ has.”

Stay tuned for more information in due course…

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This is xFiruath, Officially Signing Off

My long journey with Metalunderground began nearly a decade ago. Obama wasn’t President yet, and I still had a day job. I was tired of people screaming at me on the phone over problems with their cell service that I hadn’t caused and had no ability to fix. It was time for a change, so the wife and I decided to give a big old middle finger to the daily grind and dive headfirst into freelancing online.

It wasn’t long after getting in touch with Deathbringer that I found myself in Seattle on a tour bus shaking hands with Mikael Akerfeldt and blathering like an idiot about what a big fan I was. Its an experience I’ll never forget, seeing a legend in the flesh and learning what his daily life was like while performing across the country. I was so star struck I accidentally left my audio recorder on the bus after the interview and didn’t get it back until after the show. I’ve got a good half an hour of Mikael on the phone talking to family in Sweden that I’m never going to delete.

Never in my life did I figure I’d be talking to Kyle Gass about the death of Dio and whether there might ever be a Pick Of Destiny 2, but there I was on the phone with one half of Tenacious D chatting about legalizing drugs and how mortality sucks. Phone calls with lifelong idols like Emperor’s Ihsahn and Vorph from Samael became semi-regular occurrences. I actually ended up discussing the infamous “Jesus is a cunt” t-shirt directly with Dani Filth.

The Metalunderground of those golden days feels like a completely different era now. I remember back when every Avenged Sevenfold or Slipknot thread had 150+ comments and became any given reader’s personal chat room. That time Deathbringer made a forum link on the main page as an April Fool’s joke (royally pissing off everyone who wanted a message board long before we actually had one) had me in stitches while fending off angry emails.

Looking back at those days, I think of shirtless Wilco and his creative grammar. Regulars like americanpatriot1 and Gorecunt keeping conversations going. InfernoNecrosis oversharing about bodily functions. KMADD and Korndogg trolling. The constant cry of “That’s not Rob Zombie!!” All those times I accidentally wrote “Mike Porntoy” or “Windows Of Plague” in a headline. Branded or Kali getting into massive fights with anyone about anything. Blindgreed1 coming up with ever more inventive insults to anyone who would dare besmirch the Metalunderground name or anybody who called MU home.

If you got past the hazing phase, you were a regular – you were on of us, and that meant something. Those were the days of R10 and Wolf, Natsquatch and Cozen, BrunoHockalugie and Jackrum, Terminator and BrianSD, IrishMetal and Trendkill91, PorcupineTreeFan and IrishMetal, Fuck_A_Name and Drum_Junkie (who blessedly has stayed active). Whoever thought a grown man could look back at a forum thread titled “I’d put my tongue in her butt” and feel nostalgic?

It wasn’t just the readers that made us into that powerhouse of metal though, it was also the contributors. It was Vicky bringing absurdly underground pornogrind bands to the world’s attention. It was CROMCarl’s pun-tastic reviews. It was James (Cynic), Zack (zMETALlica), Peggy (darkstar), Cody (The_Avant_Garde), Dan (heavytothebone2), Kevin (n0thinghead), Joel (bloodofheroes), Andrew (remembermetal?), Matt (Dasher10), psythe, and more turning this thing into a community. All the while there was Deathbringer keeping us together and introducing me to bands like Acid Bath.

Along the way I’ve had the distinct pleasure of running our staff voting and writing up the yearly best-of articles, chronicling an absurd number of releases and how they ranked in the metalverse. I’ll never forget those dueling articles about the merits of Opeth’s “Heritage” with Darren (if you think the comments we get now are negative, oh boy, you should see some of the shit that hit my inbox back then when I dared to state a negative opinion about the Swedish golden boys). There were the fabulous inverse Valentine’s Day articles with Ollie, as well as meeting fascinating people who have since moved on to other endeavors like Frank (Progressivity_In_All) and Mike (OverkillExposure).

This journey of a staggering 603 reviews and just shy of 62,000 news stories has included everything from spending time talking to a band absurdly named Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot to moments that truly defined my life.

Although most of it took place in my home office, this has been a truly global journey, like when I had the opportunity to interview dozens of both Christian and Satanic black metal bands across the world for that unblack metal article. I got a whole new perspective on humanity while talking to people who lived through different denominations of the same religion trying to bomb each other into eternity in Croatia side by side with people who believe that prayer can literally resurrect the dead. I ended up interviewing utter misanthropes who did not want to be talking to any metal sites and were openly antagonistic, as well as extremely friendly bands who were beyond grateful someone was just simply paying attention to them.

There was the monumental undertaking of putting together our Peter Steele tribute album with bands from around the world to just simply meeting up with people I never could have imagined. Shared musical connections were forged with fans and musicians from far flung locales like Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Greece, Russia, Cyprus, Belgium, Iceland, Argentina, Israel, Chile, Norway, Maldives, the Czech Republic and even more! If it wasn’t for Metalunderground, I’d never have interacted with any of those amazing musicians and metal fans.

Far all those people I met online in far off lands, there were also plenty closer to home, from the trio of excellent lads in Spokane instrumental group Odyssey to local Montana scene stalwart Rashid (aka Zebulon Kosted). Probably the most surprising (and humbling) moment of my life took place right here in my own town, when the teller at my local bank saw my name and recognized who I was from Metalunderground, excitedly chatting me up about metal news.

While there were changes to the site, it was really metal itself that changed over these past 10 years. There was the appearance (and ignominious end) of djent. The love/hate phenomena that is Ghost. Pirate metal. Melodic post-hardcore (aka whiny mallcore that all sounds the same). Nu-metal’s unexpected return. That God Of Atheists album that never came out (and probably never will). Watching several different bands implode in public. Hearing bands I’d adored since I was a teenager slowly turn to utter shit. Terrible fires and even terrorist shootings that took the lives of our fellow music lovers. Hilariously awesome metal covers that deserve way more attention than they ever got. Finding nobody bands from a place no one’s ever heard of who could outperform absolutely anyone on the Metal Blade or Roadrunner rosters (which was hands down my favorite part of this job).

There have been huge ups and yes, some downs. There have been times when Metalunderground sat triumphantly among the top 5 metal sites in the entire world and times when we’ve struggled to get comments and views. The fall of MySpace, subsequent great exodus to Facebook, and rising dominance of clickbait content completely changed how music sites operate. We went from a few scant thousand Facebook followers and catapaulted to more than a million. Sometimes its good and sometimes its bad, but change happens whether you want it to or not, and sadly now those changes are leading me away from the place that’s been my online home for most of my adult life.

Many of the people I’ve met through Metalunderground have legitimately become friends, whether its our contributors, readers, or even PR and label folks like Curtis Dewar, Tom George, and Ryan Feldman. Plenty of those friendships have gone way beyond “hey, we like the same bands” over the years. We’ve been there for each other through marriages, divorces, births, mental breakdowns, and even funerals (RIP DeathInEye, Godlike, and Tom Himself – the three of you will not be forgotten).

At this point, some of the people reading this post are more like family. I’ve given job recommendations over the phone for some of you. Regulars have emailed me asking what they can do to help our writers who were going through hard times and vice versa. When my wife and I lost our first child, there were probably more MU readers messaging me their support and condolences than anyone else – even people I’d openly argued and clashed with before. We’re metal heads. No one else understands us, so we fucking stick together.

It’s been my honor to serve the metal community and do my part to keep the scene thriving. I have no doubt the rest of the staff and the regular readers will keep things running smoothly. For my part, I’ll now be writing for Gameskinny, working on my next fiction release, and handling a few PR campaigns for metal bands I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know to over the years.

I may be leaving the site, but I’m not going to vanish from the metal community, so keep in touch. For everyone reading this, whether you’ve been around since those heady early days or just recently got on the MU train, please know you have my thanks.

All good things come to an end, and my time here is finally done. This is xFiruath, officially signing off. Farewell Metal Underground.

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UNSANE: Entire Sterilize LP Streaming; Album Out Friday Through Southern Lord + Tour Begins Next Week

NYC’s long running kings of noise rock, UNSANE, offer their eighth crushing album with Sterilize, the record set for release this Friday through Southern Lord. Advancing the album’s release, Noisey has interrogated the band and is now streaming the record alongside the interview. Stream UNSANE’s entire Sterilize now at THIS LOCATION. Closing a five-year gap since the 2012 release of the Alternative […]

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UNSANE: Entire Sterilize LP Streaming; Album Out Friday Through Southern Lord + Tour Begins Next Week

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Uncommon Evolution Streaming New EP “Junkyard Jesus”

Montana stoner crew Uncommon Evolution is now streaming full new EP “Junkyard Jesus,” which can be heard below and is out now via Argonauta Records.

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Machine, this EP is a must for all fans into Clutch and Corrosion Of Conformity sonorities. If you missed it, our interview with the band all about “Junkyard Jesus” can be read here>

1. Junkyard Jesus
2. Highly Modified Son of a Bitch
3. Feather Short of Flight
4. King of the Heep

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Tim Lambesis Reportedly Released From Prison

Back in 2014, former As I Lay Dying member Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to hire an undercover police officer to kill his wife.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed by any official sources at this point, multiple sites are reporting that Lambesis has now been released from prison.

The source for his info comes from George Lynch on Eddie Trunk’s Show from the Monsters of Rock Cruise. During the interview, Lynch discussed his religion debates with Tim Lambesis and stated Tim has been released and has a book and record label deal.

You can hear the interview segment below, and a transcript follows:

I had every freaking argument out there, and he just was able to really kind of battle every argument, ’cause he had every counter-argument prepared in his mind; he had studied so hard. And as silly as his argument was, and as much as it didn’t really hold water when you thought about it — it was all fallacious arguments — but…

Anyways, he just got out of jail for attempting to kill his wife. Now I’m not saying this as an indictment against anything. All I’m saying is, there is a guy who could argue Christianity beyond anybody I’ve ever spoken to in my life; I had these very heated debates with this guy… He had a beautiful wife; they had adopted three Cambodian children. And then he discovered cocaine, strippers, heroin and steroids. He went completely off the rails, abandoned his family, his wife threatened to divorce him, he hired an off-duty cop to kill her.

He recently got out of jail. He destroyed his band. They don’t have a pot to piss in now; they’re all struggling. [They are] a great band. I know them very well because, actually, the guitar player was my daughter’s fiancé. And, actually, the drummer [Jordan Mancino] played in another project I had ways back, Souls Of We. So, anyways, he’s out, he’s got a mega record deal, he’s got a book deal, everything’s lined up for him. I mean, he’s gonna skate through life. Everybody else is suffering. His wife is living in fear, his children are living in fear. His band doesn’t have a pot to piss in.

Following the arrest and band implosion, Tim’s former bandmates went on to form Wovenwar, and have since released two albums: a self-titled debut and 2016 sophomore output “Honor Is Dead.”

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Black Star Riders Posts “Heavy Fire” Interview Clip, Part 2

Following the recent announcement of third studio album “Heavy Fire,” Black Star Riders just released a second video trailer in which Damon Johnson, Ricky Warwick, and Scott Gorham discuss the band developing its own sound beyond the Thin Lizzy legacy.

Check out part two of this interview series below. “Heavy Fire” is set for release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on February 3rd, 2017. Scott Gorham comments:

“We’re absolutely finding our own sound. We’d been on a run with Thin Lizzy for 5 years, so it’s gonna always take a little while to find your feet with a new sound. But, everybody is an individual here and individually we all write differently anyway so you are going to come up with a different sound eventually. Which is what I think we’ve done with this album.”

1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me

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