Roseland Ballroom, Historic NYC Venue, Closing In April

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Story via Billboard.com

New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made.

The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, opened at its 52nd street location, a converted skating rink, in 1958 and is a sentimental favorite for many bands. The history of the venue in New York dates back to 1919, when it was located at 51st and Broadway, and prior to that in Philadelphia.

Evolving from ballroom dancing in the ‘20s to popular music, Roseland has for years been a favored New York play for a wide range of bands from the early days of rock, through disco, grunge, modern rock, jam, pop, urban and EDM. The venue found a new gear with a $1 million production/rigging renovation in the early ‘90s, funded by Ginsberg, which led to more high profile bookings of multiple dates on bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and other hot acts when competition in that cap range was not as fierce.

The room sits its in a sweet spot in terms of capacity at about 3,500, just right for developing bands climbing up the venue ladder as well as bigger bands, including the likes of the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Radiohead, that want to create buzz with an underplay. But its capacity is also a highly competitive space in the market, with AEG’s Best Buy Theater at about 2,500, Live Nation’s 3,500-cap Hammerstein Ballroom, Bowery Presents Terminal 5 at 3,000 cap, and the 2,800-cap Beacon Theatre, operated by Madison Square Garden.

Still, Roseland remains a busy room, and one artists and agents prefer in many cases, so the move to close is likely related more to property values than the venue’s bottom line.

The closing of Roseland will be “a huge loss for concerts in New York City,” says Ken Fermaglich at the Agency Group, who was surprised to hear the venue would shutter. “I love the venue and always have. I saw Nirvana there and will never forget that show.”

Among the acts currently on the Roseland calendar are Danzig, Fitz & the Tantrums, the Wanted, Pretty Lights, Hoodie Allen, and Panic! At the Disco. While no announcement has been made, it is likely that high profile artists will want to send the building off in style.

Live Nation New York and Roseland could not be reached for comment at press time. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Next SLIPKNOT Album Will Be Cross Between 'Iowa' And 'Vol. 3', Says COREY TAYLOR

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SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor has told ARTISTdirect in a new interview that things may finally be moving forward for the band in terms of making its first new album since 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone”Taylor explained: “SLIPKNOT is looming on the horizon. That’s what’s next in my mind anyway. I’m writing some demos. [Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan, percussion] is putting some things together. Joey [Jordison, drums] is doing [his side project] SCAR THE MARTYR, but he’s a fucking machine. He can write at any time. This band is just loaded with writers. We don’t have a definitive start date, which is fine. That’s okay for us now. When we’re ready to make the album, we will. That’s the mindset. Next year we’re going to get together and start putting the pieces together.”

Asked what he thinks when someone brings up SLIPKNOT‘s 2004 album “Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses”Taylor replied: “That album is a bit of a peek at what I think the next album will be. It’ll be a cross between ‘Iowa’ and ‘Vol. 3’ in a lot of ways, while also evolving the way we always have. The stuff I’m writing right now is really dark. The stuff Clown is coming with is fucking beyond. It’s really cool. It’s going to be cool to get the alchemists in the same room and see what happens.”

Jordison recently told Stereoboard.com about the forthcoming SLIPKNOT CD: “What I can say is that there is SLIPKNOT material. We’re writing right now, and we’re all in talks . . . I’ve got so much SLIPKNOT material, I started writing this a long time ago. Y’know, when the time is right. Everyone works at their own pace and I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, I just kinda put myself in the mindset where I’m writing for a certain project. I kinda just take myself to that place, get in that mindset. When the time is right.”

Jordison and Crahan are the main creative forces within SLIPKNOT and the ones most ready to make a new record, as Crahan hinted to The Pulse Of Radio not long ago. “Before you know it, there is going to be another record, and it’s gonna come sooner than anybody thinks,” he said. “Everybody thinks differently, but I’m here to tell you as the Clown, it’s gonna come sooner than you think and it’s gonna hit you in the back of the head instead of the front of the face. And it’s gonna be an amazing, amazing part of our lives.”

The new SLIPKNOT album will be the band’s first without bassist Paul Gray, another key member of the songwriting team who died of a drug overdose in May 2010.

Taylor and SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root have spent the last three years recording and touring behind three full STONE SOUR studio records, 2010’s “Audio Secrecy” and the double concept album “House Of Gold & Bones”, which was released in two parts in 2012 and 2013.

SLIPKNOT toured earlier this year and last summer.

MÖTLEY CRÜE's TOMMY LEE Says MICK MARS 'Doesn't Wanna Tour Much Longer'

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MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has revealed that guitarist Mick Mars‘s poor health is partly to blame for the band’s decision to retire from touring.

Lee videotaped a “Coffe Run” ride with the Canadian progressive-house music producer and performer Deadmau5 and answered a variety of questions, including why he gave away his very first gold record (he was “really fucked up”) to why the two of them were banned from Coachella festival.

Speaking about MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s touring plans, Tommy said: “The farewell tour is next. This will be it. Our guitar player, Mick, he has a spinal disease that’s slowly fusing his vertebrae together. It’s one of those things that’s treatable, but not curable. So it’s just progressively getting really worse and it’s painful for him, so he doesn’t wanna tour much longer. I can’t say I blame him… The last thing we ever wanna do is go out running on two cylinders with some hired guy playing guitar; that’s just wack. So we wanna go out with one big hurrah with the original guys and be done with it.”

He added: “That’s such a bad look when bands are still playing the fucking fairgrounds — those county-fair shows — and it’s just like two of the original guys, or one original guy, and the rest, no one knows who they are. We don’t wanna do that.”

In an August 2013 interview with the Oakland PressCRÜE singer Vince Neil said that Mars‘ ongoing battle with Ankylosing spondylitis, a painful form of chronic arthritis that causes vertebrae in the spine to fuse together, as well as the band’s desire to “go out on top” were the primary reasons for CRÜE‘s revelation that they will call it quits after 2015. “It’s just time,” Neil said. “Mick‘s health is not that good, and touring is tough on him. I’m sure in five, 10 years’ time, we’ll probably do something together again, but it’s not gonna be like a KISS farewell to the farewell to the farewell tour. We’re not gonna be like that.”

He added: “We want to go out on top. We don’t want to be one of those bands that people are like, ‘Oh, they’re playing a little club now.’ We still sell out arenas and do stadium shows and stuff like that, and that’s how we want to be remembered.”

However, in a posting on his Twitter account, Mars painted a different picture, claiming that his medical condition had never affected his playing. “Any rumors regarding a farewell tour due to ‘my poor health’ are BS,” he said. “I am doing fine, my AS has never kept me from touring and never will.”

MÖTLEY CRÜE recently returned to Las Vegas for an exclusive twelve-show engagement September 18 through October 6 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

SCORPIONS To Release 'MTV Unplugged' In November

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The greatest delight for the SCORPIONS fans, of which there are several million throughout the world, is the fact that there is no end in sight for the farewell world tour, even though this has been continuing for three years now.

SCORPIONS still are Germany’s internationally most popular rock band ever in the history of music, and of the 38 countries where farewell shows are planned, only 23 have been covered to date. On top of this, the band has found the time and energy to bring to life a very special event: their first “MTV Unplugged” show. On September 11 and September 12, 2013, Klaus Meine (vocals, guitars), Rudolf Schenker (guitars, vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums) played two fantastic acoustic sets in the Lycabettus theatre of Athens. The open-air theatre, which was designed by the Greek architect Takis Zenetos in 1965 — and thus is just the same age as the story of the SCORPIONS — is situated on Mount Lycabettus, at 300m height, and offers an impressive view of the Greek metropolis. But the spectacular scenery is not the only reason that convinced the SCORPIONS to choose Athens for the first ever open-air show in the history of “MTV Unplugged”.

“When we were approached with the idea of playing an unplugged show, we immediately thought of Greece,” Klaus Meine recalls. Matthias Jabs adds, “We have fabulous fans all over the world, but the Greeks are absolute die-hard fans.” Concerning the choice of venue, the Lycabettus theatre, Meine explains, “We played here many years ago. It is a beautiful place. I can remember that even back then the fans climbed onto the surrounding rocks. Of course we played some of the greatest classics this time, but we also performed a few new songs as well as material that we had never played live up to then. Those are songs which are very popular with the fans but which somehow never made it onto the set lists.”

More than ten years ago, the SCORPIONS had already played a few acoustic sets, the result of which, “Acoustica”, was released on CD and DVD in 2001, with great international success. However, the current program, including a total of two dozen songs, is virtually completely different. First of all, we have the band’s brand new songs, whose stunning live debut filled the audience with instant enthusiasm. Alongside “Dancing With The Moonlight” and “Rock’n’Roll Band”, both of which can be easily imagined in perfect rock versions, Klaus MeineRudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs presented one song each penned by every artist himself. The instrumental track “Delicate Dance” with Matthias Jabs as leader is based on guitar spheres which could easily settle in between the psychedelic glamour of PINK FLOYD and the boogie folk of LED ZEPPELIN“Love Is The Answer” is a ballad for which Rudolf Schenker took over as lead vocalist — a feat that does not happen very often. And immediately after this, Klaus Meine surprises us with the world premiere of “Follow Your Heart”, another power ballad destined for the charts.

The show is opened by “Sting In The Tail”, arranged in Cajun style. This song, taken from the eponymous album of 2010, bears witness to how deeply the SCORPIONS are rooted in rock’n’roll and blues, virtually the topsoil and nurture of hard rock. The same applies to the set of classics that follow, such as “Pictured Life”“Speedy’s Coming” or the hymnal “Born To Touch Your Feelings”, in which the Greek actress Dimitra Kokkori surprises with a truly heart-wrenching spoken-word part. It goes without saying that the beautiful lady is not the only guest starring at this exceptional event. On the nights featured here, the five SCORPIONS can count on the relentless support of the Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals), who are also responsible for the arrangements made specifically for the “MTV Unplugged” show, and who also produced the latest SCORPIONS studio album.

Further Swedish support comes in the shapes of Ola Hjelm (guitars, vocals) and Hans Gardemar (keyboards, accordion, vocals), as well as from percussionist PiTTi Hecht from Hannover, who is renowned as one of the best percussionists in Europe. To round off this magnificent cast performing at the Lycabettus theatre, there is a string ensemble consisting of eight Greek ladies, whom Klaus Meine introduces as “The Strings from Heaven.” Indeed, a truly heavenly performance is offered by Klaus Meine and Hamburg-based Cäthe with their version of “In Trance”Cäthe, who released her second album, “Verschollenes Tier”, this summer, shows all her charisma in this true seventies classic. “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, one of the most popular rock songs by the SCORPIONS, and frenetically applauded by the audience, features REVOLVERHELD‘s Johannes Strate as guest vocalist battling with Klaus Meine, and the ultimate world hit “Wind Of Change” offers a unique aha-experience in its own right when Morten Harket comes on stage for this encore.

Throughout its two and a half hours, the show captivates with its numerous intimate moments and infectious adrenaline rushes (such as during a percussion solo). And there are even more nuggets from the sheer endless stock of hits — such as “Still Loving You” and “Big City Nights”“No One Like You” and “When The Smoke Is Going Down” — as well as a few welcome surprises to dazzle the connoisseur. “When You Came Into My Life”, where Rudolf Schenker plays a sitar, is one of those tracks which the SCORPIONS had never before played live, as are “Where The River Flows” and “Passion Rules The Game”. In view of this unplugged marathon with the stunning emotional momentum it conveys, it is difficult to pinpoint single highlights, but what can be stated with certainty is that the SCORPIONS evidently enjoyed this musical rollercoaster ride through their own history. It is equally obvious that both rock songs and power ballads display their class and style even when rendered as acoustic versions. The melodies maintain their timeless compositional appeal and the quality of the performance proves time and again that the SCORPIONS are blessed — this time especially by the Greek gods, it seems.

Let us glance into the future: “MTV Unplugged” will be released in 50 countries and promises to be yet another success story in the sheer limitless SCORPIONS saga. Fans can also look forward to the documentary motion picture, “Big City Nights”, by Katja von Garnier, whose band portrait will be shown in cinemas before it is later released on DVD.

“MTV Unplugged” by the SCORPIONS is released on November 29, available as double CD, DVD, Blu-ray and in various other digital and physical configurations.

Singer TONY HARNELL Officially Rejoins TNT

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Singer Tony Harnell has confirmed that he will reunite with Norwegian hard rockers TNT.

He says: “After much discussion and lots of soul searching, I’m happy to officially announce that I’ll be back behind the microphone with TNT.

“I’m very proud of all we accomplished over the years and proud to have written and recorded all those great songs with my brother from another mother, Ronni Le Tekrø.

“Sometimes it’s just time to give the fans what they’re asking for.

“2014 is the 25th anniversary of the successful ‘Intuition’ album and we thought it would be a good time to get out and relaunch this little machine for you guys!

“Can’t wait to see you all on tour!”

In August, TNT parted ways with its frontman of the past seven years, British vocalist Tony Mills (ex-SHY). He explained in a statement: “Maybe we did 500 shows or something like that, but not many out of Norway.

“It has been the most prolific live period in my career, and when I felt the stagnancy and the lack of desire to grow and develop any further, I knew my time was done with the band.

“I don’t think it’s sensible to expect new art from the band after thirty years, just a lot of re-living the past and reconstructions of old albums and performances.

“None of us are getting any younger, but I have a great desire to not stop creativity in my life. I hate wasting days and singing songs from the past to satisfy old fans.

“Nostalgia wasn’t doing it for me.

“We were never close as friends or anything like that, so there is no great loss, and I have no doubt they will reform the original lineup and just do the whole thing all over again. I wish them good luck on that. I have other releases to come that excite me much more than that.”

Harnell rejoined TNT on stage for their 30th-anniversary concert on June 2, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway. The group performed a special setlist while accompanied by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Trondheim Symfoniorkester). Also making a special appearance with the band was TNT‘s original singer, Dag Ingebrigtsen.

After leaving TNT in 2006, Harnell was replaced by Mills, who has since appeared on three studio albums from the band: 2007’s “The New Territory”, 2008’s“Atlantis” and 2010’s “A Farewell To Arms”.

Harnell‘s final release as a member of TNT was the “Live in Madrid” DVD, which came out in September 2006 via MTM Music. The set, which was filmed on April 1, 2006 in Madrid, Spain, was accompanied by an 82-minute audio CD plus booklet liner notes from Harnell about his work with the group as well as an additional tour documentary by Darren Paltrowitz.

ALICE COOPER Talks Covers Album, State Of Rock And Roll

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Highway 81 Revisited recently conducted an interview with legendary rocker Alice Cooper. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Highway 81 Revisited: Are you working on a new album?

Alice: I just finished the bed tracks for a new album in Los Angeles. There’s about seven vocals that I finished and I have about five or six vocals I need to finish, then that album’s done. I have never done a covers album, and I decided to cover all my dead drunk friends. All the guys I used to drink with, we had a drinking club called the Hollywood Vampires. And so I’m covering Harry NilssonJohn LennonKeith MoonJim MorrisonJimi HendrixTHE SMALL FACEST. REX. It’s one of those things where all of the guys I used to drink with are gone, so we are covering those songs.

Highway 81 Revisited: Being such a visually oriented artist, is it difficult to translate your ideas to audio when you record?

Alice: No. First of all, it’s two different things. When we’re writing an album, we totally realize that the audience is going to hear it and then picture it. So when you’re doing a song, I definitely write colorful lyrics, and I try to tell a story in three minutes or four minutes. And I learned that from Chuck BerryChuck Berry can tell you a story in three minutes. I said, “That guy is the best lyricist ever,” because I listen to “Nadine” or “Maybellene” or “Memphis Tennessee” or any of that, and I go, “Jeez, the guy told me an entire story in three minutes.” So I learned from that, and that’s what I do. Almost every one of my songs is a little story or a little incident or something like that.

Highway 81 Revisited: You made some comments recently about MUMFORD & SONS and THE LUMINEERS not being real rock n’ roll. What do you think of the current state of rock? And is there anything new that you enjoy?

Alice: I’m telling you, the FOO FIGHTERS are one of the only rock bands out there. The FOO FIGHTERS are a pure ’70s rock ‘n’ roll band that don’t take prisoners. Same with Slash‘s band THE CONSPIRATORS, and, ya know, Axl RoseAxl‘s GUNS N’ ROSES. Those are three bands that go out to rock ‘n’ roll, like AEROSMITHOzzy‘s band, BLACK SABBATHAlice Cooper. We are bands that are dedicated to guitar rock. I don’t think you’re ever going to hear us unplugged. At least I can guarantee you are never going to hear Alice Cooper unplugged. So that’s the kind of stuff I like. I think there’s a lot of good, young bands out there. I think we’re in a folk period right now. We’re kind of in this really, to me, very dull period, where bands are just kind of boring. I’m sorry to say that, but I can’t wait until the next cycle comes out when you come up with another BUCKCHERRY or another GUNS N’ ROSES or another MÖTLEY CRÜE or someone that goes out on stage and plays rock n’ roll and makes you go, “Wow! OK, That was fun.” Right now, though, it’s a little boring.

EVIL MASQUERADE Announces New Singer

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Denmark-based symphonic metal band EVIL MASQUERADE has issued the following update:

“Most of you are aware of that [vocalist] Apollo [PapathanasioSPIRITUAL BEGGARS, ex-FIREWIND] hasn’t been seen much with the band this year. He feels that he needs to slow down and take a time-out from his musical career for a while and focus more on his private life that has suffered from busy schedules. The band fully understands and respects this.

“This is nothing new and everyone saw this coming. Therefore, as you have already seen, EVIL MASQUERADE decided to move on several months ago. Now approaching a new album it’s time to officially introduce the new singer.

“It hardly comes as a surprise for people attending EVIL MASQUERADE‘s shows this year that the microphone has been handed over to Swedish powerhouse singer Tobias Jansson [SAFFIRETHE LAW]. In very short time, he has grown close to the whole EVIL MASQUERADE family and the band already sounds like a well-oiled machine live. You can look forward to hear him on the upcoming album, ‘The Digital Crucifix’.

“Welcome to EVIL MASQUERADETobias!”

EVIL MASQUERADE‘s fifth album, “Pentagram”, was released in May 2012 via Dark Minstrel Music. The CD was once again produced by guitarist Henrik Flyman and mixed by Tommy Hansen (JORNHELLOWEEN) at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark.

Legendary BLACK SABBATH Drummer BILL WARD Undergoes Surgery For Perforated Diverticulitis

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Legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward recently suffered a perforated diverticulitis (a very serious gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated) and underwent surgery in California. The procedure was successful, and Ward is expected to make a full recovery over the next several weeks. As a result, the artist reception with Ward on October 26 at the Annapolis Collection Gallery in Maryland — where he was scheduled to discuss his fine art debut collection, “Absence Of Corners” — is being postponed.

“I am truly sorry that I have to postpone the ‘Absence Of Corners’ gallery reception,” said Ward. “The feedback I have received from everyone about this project has been astounding, and I was so looking forward to this event. I want to thank the Annapolis Collection Gallery for everything they are doing. I am honored that they are exhibiting my art, and I hope to get there to celebrate this collection with you all very soon.”

The gallery and Bill Ward have agreed to find another date in the future which will allow him time for a complete recovery.

BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne recently took issue with Ward‘s contention that he was physically capable of playing drums for the band, which the group has suggested was one reason why he is not on their current tour nor on the band’s new album “13”Ward said in an interview that he “would never, ever show up for a commitment that I could not do physically . . . I’m the drummer in SABBATH and quite capable of doing the job.” He cited contractual issues as the reason why he declined to participate in the reunion.

Ozzy told the New York Daily News about Ward: “I don’t think he could have done the gig, to be honest. He’s incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He’s already had two heart attacks. I don’t want to be responsible for his life.” Despite this, however, Ozzy said “the door is always open” for Ward to return and admitted that without him “it’s not the same.”

Ward said he would return on one condition, that he “play all or nothing.” It’s been speculated that SABBATH wanted Ward to play only part of its live shows because he wasn’t in shape to perform an entire concert.

Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after.

SABBATH has used Ozzy‘s regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on “13”, which came out June 11.

METALLICA's 'Through The Never' Movie Earns Just Over $3 Million After Third Weekend In Theaters

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According to Box Office MojoMETALLICA‘s new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, has earned just $3.2 million at the box office after its third weekend in theaters.

The hybrid concert movie, which was written and directed by Nimród Antal (“Kontroll”“Predators”), officially opened on September 27 for an exclusive week-long run on IMAX screens. The film’s surreal narrative winds its way through the concert footage, in which a roadie played by Dane DeHaan finds himself in an increasingly hostile urban environment while on a mission for the band.

Financed by the METALLICA members themselves at a budget of $18 million, “Metallica Through The Never” is the first new release via Picturehouse, the full-service independent film marketing and distribution company started in 2005, which reopened its doors with founder Bob Berney at the helm.

Asked if making the movie was worth the financial risk, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told The Quietus: “That remains to be seen. Ask me when I come back and talk about the new record two years from now. I have no idea. I do know that we rarely consider other options, so compromise is not METALLICA‘s major strength. And I think that the fans hopefully appreciate that if its got the word ‘METALLICA‘ written somewhere on or near it, that it comes from us.”

He continued: “Creative experiences aren’t really ones we share with anyone other than the closest few that we sort of purposefully let in. So, to sit there and take a bunch of money from a bunch of people to then have them [be] involved in editing and controlling the movie and so on just seemed wrong. That, of course, was before the project ran amok, but they always run amok, so it’s nothing new.

“In METALLICA, we don’t look at things as… there’s a word called ‘cross-collaterizing.’ You sort of put everything against everything else so it’s not [a case of], ‘How is the movie going to do, as itself?’ It’s not like an isolated entity…

“I think nowadays in media it’s very much, ‘What did it cost? What did they get back? Was it a success? Was it a failure?’ It’s slightly more complicated than that, and that kind of breaking it down to absolutes really doesn’t interest me.

“This is another chapter in METALLICA‘s existence, and I’m sure that if we don’t make all the money back, then, I don’t know, [we will in] t-shirt sales seven years down the line. Something good will come in the wake of these projects. It’s just sort of how we roll.”

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, was released on September 24. The two-disc CD came out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

LACUNA COIL Completes Recording New Album

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Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL have have completed recording their new album with producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D.SEVENDUSTEVANESCENCEPAPA ROACH) for an early 2014 release via Century Media Records.

Says LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia: “I am so anxious to hear it mixed and mastered.”

LACUNA COIL co-vocalist Andrea Ferro previously stated about the new CD: “We met Jay a few years ago in L.A. and had a really positive feeling about him, as he has produced and mixed some of my favourite records and some very relevant rock/metal albums.

“We have decided to work with him, because he has the ability to work together with the band towards a common vision without driving the band away from their sound.

“In the studio, there is the right energy that allows common people to achieve uncommon results!”

Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore (guitar): “Yeah, we’re very excited about finally recording new songs — and I can assure you that the new stuff kicks ass!”

LACUNA COIL will soon join the “Tragic Illusion Tour” that will celebrate PARADISE LOST‘s 25th anniversary. A few days earlier, they will perform at the Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium.

LACUNA COIL‘s latest album, “Dark Adrenaline”, sold around 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart. It marked the band’s second CD with producer Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARKBULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) at the helm.

“We changed producers on our last album, ‘Shallow Life’, and we wanted to work with Don,” Scabbia told KNAC.COM. “I think that we wanted to change producers mainly to see what we could do with a different person. A producer is much like a teacher and we wanted to learn something new and we found that our goals and Don‘s were much the same. When listening to ‘Dark Adrenaline’, I can say that there is so much different. We are more experienced now and more confident in our sound and we get inspired to try to do more with each new record.”