ROB ZOMBIE Has No Interest In WHITE ZOMBIE Reunion

On July 27, Sami Jarroush of the Rock It Out! Blog and Consequence Of Sound conducted an interview with Rob Zombie at the Tinley Park, Illinois stop of this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem FestivalImage

Asked if there was any chance of a WHITE ZOMBIE reunion in the future,Rob said: “No. We did it, and it’s done. And it wouldn’t be good. That’s the thing. I mean, a lot of people forget, because they went to see WHITE ZOMBIE and they were 15 years old and it was their first concert and everybody in WHITE ZOMBIE was, like, 23 years old. They’re no longer 15 and they’re gonna come to the concert at 40 and look at WHITE ZOMBIE, who are all gonna be 50, and go, ‘This sucks now.’ I mean, they forget that time marched on and changed. So I don’t wanna come back and do it again just so that it can be inferior.”

He continued: “WHITE ZOMBIE stopped at the height of our career — we had a triple-platinum record and we just did our huge, sold-out arena tour everywhere and then we stopped, and that’s the best way to leave it.”

Rob also offered his opinion on the countless rock and metal acts who have reunited in recent years. He said: “Most of the time — I’m not gonna lie; I never like to lie about stuff — everybody does everything for money. You know, bands that can’t stand each other, hate each other’s guts, get back together ’cause they can make more money that way. And that’s not a good reason to do it. I mean, I like the band I have now; we’re all friends. To get back with a bunch of people that I literally haven’t even spoken to in 20 years to go do a run for a bunch of money, I just think that’s a big lie and I’m just not into it.”

He added: “In ’99, when I saw BLACK SABBATH reunite for the first time with all four original members, it was great. I mean, they sounded great, they looked great; it was wonderful. I mean, I haven’t seen them on this tour, but… So, it’s not that it can’t work. But it’s all up to the individual band to see what they’re gonna do.”

Back in December 2008, WHITE ZOMBIE‘s 4-CD/1-DVD box set, “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” (Geffen/UMe), sold 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released on November 25, 2008, the CDs bring together for the first time all 64 original studio recordings released by the band led by Rob Zombieduring its 1985-1996 career. The DVD offers nine music videos, 10 live performances, and some hidden gems.

WHITE ZOMBIE officially disbanded in 1998 after the release of the“Hellbilly Deluxe”, the triple platinum solo debut for Rob Zombie, who has since enjoyed continued success both on record and as a film director with his vision of the dark side.

Zombie‘s fifth solo album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, was released in April and entered the Billboard album chart at No. 7 with first-week sales of 34,000 copies.

SEBASTIAN BACH Working On 'Balls-Out, Kick-Ass Rock 'N' Roll' New Album

ImageFormer SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach is currently in the studio working on his next album with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH,ALICE COOPER), who helmed the singer’s last solo CD, 2011’s “Kicking & Screaming”

Comments Bach: “Well, I am happy to say we have spent the last two days in studio and we know exactly what to do with this new record. It is going to be balls-out, kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll with tons of vocal histrionics and harmonies especially. That is what I am hearing so far on this record. 

“I am going to really concentrate on harmonies and pushing my voice to the maximum you have ever heard it pushed. The riffs are crazy and cool and we have 13 or so songs so we are right on track and we know exactly what to do to kick your ass into 2014! 

“We are into it! And get ready for new Bach rock coming your way soon! Thanks to Devin Bronson and Bob Marlette who are really making it happen!”

Bach‘s next solo CD, which is tentatively due in early 2014 via Frontiers Records, is expected to feature contributions from Steve Stevens(BILLY IDOL) and Los Angeles-based guitarist Jeff George, who previously played with ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s lead vocalist Danny Worsnop. Making a guest appearance on the album will also be bassistDuff McKagan (DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADEDVELVET REVOLVERGUNS N’ ROSES).

Bach‘s brand new CD/DVD package, “ABachalypse Now”, was released in North America on March 26 via Frontiers Records. The “ABachalypse Now” Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. “ABachalypse Now” was made available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD.

CILVER: 'In My Head' Video Featuring GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist BUMBLEFOOT Posted Online

ImageGUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal makes a guest appearance in the track “In My Head” from New York-based, female-fronted rockers CILVER. The official video for the song, which is available on Amazon, can be seen below.

‘In My Head’ is the reaction to the pressure you feel from a society that strives to hide its imperfections,” CILVER‘s Uliana Preotu tells Revolvermagazine. “We all think about smashing and burning all the things around us that make us feel ugly, fake or second class. It’s easy to feel like that when everything is photoshopped, scripted or perfect. That’s not life. That’s not rock and roll.”

CILVER features in its ranks former ME TALK PRETTY members Uliana Preotu (lead vocals), Leon Lyazidi (guitar, keyboards) and Guerin Blask(drums). They were recently joined by guitarist Gerry Soman (DIFFUSER,THE PENNYROYALS) and bass player Josh Pillbox (THE RECKLESS SONSMIKE DEL RIONATURE OF CITY).

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KORN's New Album "The Paradigm Shift" Cover Artwork and Track Listing Revealed

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Nu-metal pioneers Korn have now revealed the album artwork and track-list of their upcoming 11th studio album, titled “The Paradigm Shift”. Releasing on October 1, it will also be the first album to feature original guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch since the band’s 2003 album “Take A Look In The Mirror”.
Welch told The Pulse Of Radio how it felt to be back in the studio with Korn again. He said, “You know, all this stuff came in the perfect time and I knew it was meant to be because it was so smooth, everything fell into place, and then when we started writing, everything started falling into place better,” he said. “So it was just so awesome, dude, and even from when we started writing to this day right now, there’s been nothing, no negative anything at all.”
Welch also explained a little bit about the new album to Rolling Stone, saying it has, “the old KORN vibe, but with a new twist . . . The end product is a really good mix of old KORN mixed with some new elements. It’s got a fresh new KORN 2013 sound.”
“The Paradigm Shift” Track Listing :-
01. Prey For Me
02. Love & Meth
03. What We Do
04. Spike In My Veins
05. Mass Hysteria
06. Paranoid And Aroused
07. Never Never
08. Punishment Time
09. Lullaby For A Sadist
10. Victimized
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (bonus track on deluxe edition)
13. Tell Me What You Want (bonus track on deluxe edition)

METAL CHURCH Signs With RAT PAK RECORDS

Reunited METAL CHURCH — Ronny Munroe on vocals, Kurdt Vanderhoof and Rick Van Zandt on guitars, Steve Unger on bass, andJeff Plate on drums — has inked a deal with Rat Pak Records. The band’s tenth studio album, “Generation Nothing”, will be released in the early fall via Kurdt‘s label Body Of Work Recordings in conjunction with Rat Pak.

According to Vanderhoof“Generation Nothing” — which was recorded at Kurdt‘s English Channel studio in Washingtion — marks a “return to [METAL CHURCH‘s] classic metal sound. It has elements of the first album and ‘The Dark’, but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past.” 

Munroe said in a recent interview with Metal Assault that the newMETAL CHURCH effort would contain material that is “very reminiscent of the old days with some stuff that’s very ‘now.'” He added: “There’s a bit of… I’m not going to say ‘prog’ because it’s not, but there’s a couple of elements in there that are a little bit progressive. For the most part, out of this batch of songs, they really sound more reminiscent of the early days than anything we’ve done before with this lineup. This excites me very much, and I think the fans are really going to dig it.”

Regarding the circumstances that led to METAL CHURCH‘s breakup in 2009, Ronny said: “Well, in a nutshell, without going into a huge and long story here, it was certain aspects of things that had continued to happen to the band throughout its career. Not having the proper management and the proper people in place that were handling us. You know, we ended up taking some shows we shouldn’t have taken and that just led to whereKurdt was really getting fed up and then we all kind of got that way. Basically, we figured before we end up disbanding because of other reasons such as maybe starting to fight with one another or whatnot, we decided to go ahead and end it then. We all ended up friends and we wanted to keep it that way. So I won’t go into specifics, but we all know what the music industry is like now compared to what it was like back then. We just didn’t have the right people in our camp.”

Asked what the band is going to do differently this time around to avoid falling into the same trap, Ronny said: “This time around we’re going to release this next record on Kurdt‘s label. Basically, Kurdt and the band and whatnot are taking a lot more control of the situation. Yes, maybe the downloading thing is even worse than 2009, but also on the other hand, if you know what you’re doing and you use the Internet correctly, you can actually have success. Kurdt‘s been doing that with his prog bandPRESTO BALLET and whatnot. In this day and age, the time is right to go and try something on your own. If it doesn’t work, you can always end up going out and searching for a label or something. We’re going to take a shot at it and see what happens and I think we’re probably going to have some decent success.”

TRACII GUNS Rules Out L.A. GUNS Reunion: 'My Heart's Just Not Into It'

Guitarist Tracii Guns, who last year announced that he was retiring his version of L.A. GUNS, has ruled out the possibility of a reunion with his formed bandmates Phil Lewis (vocals) and Steve Riley (drums), saying that he has “played those songs enough” in his life.

During an interview on the latest edition of “Rockin’ Metal Revival” (hear audio below), Guns was asked if he can ever foresee himself playing withLewis and Riley again. “No, my heart’s just not into it, man, you know,” he replied. “I was so young when we did that. Your tastes just change. And I played those songs for so many years. I just don’t really see it happening. I don’t know, really, why I would do it, you know what I mean? It’s not like the band is big enough to have, like, a comeback where it would make some crazy financial sense or something like that. But musically, I think I’ve played those songs enough in my life.”

Speaking to The Musician’s Voice in July 2012, Guns — who is currently recording and touring with a new project called TRACII GUNS’ LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN — stated about the status of his version of L.A. GUNS, which featured several different lead vocalists over the course of the last few years: “I think I’ve kind of done it to death, I think the band has done itself to death. Without real room to grow and to move and to be able to exceed the fan base’s expectations — they really love their old L.A. GUNS, and I get it, but I’m older and I continue to study music and recording and a lot of different things. L.A. GUNS is… It is what it is. It’sL.A. GUNS. If there ever was an opportunity to do L.A. GUNS for a higher reason, for a bigger reason, I would certainly do it. But I’m kind of over it. I mean, listen, we play a lot of L.A. GUNS songs in our [TRACII GUNS’ LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN‘s] live set — people expect to hear those from me — but being in L.A. GUNS is just not worth the trouble, with two different versions of the band running around, and neither band does the other band any good, and I think it’s disappointing for the fans, ultimately. You’re dealing with people who have supported you and your music for, God, I don’t know… over 20 years… at least over 20 years. I would like to be able to go into each gig with a clear conscience, put out records with a clear conscience and know that I’m doing my best and I’m not trying to pull the wool over anybody’s eyes.”

The Tracii Guns version of L.A. GUNS completed a European headlining tour in March 2012. 

Tracii started L.A. GUNS while still in high school in 1982. The original singer, Michael Jagosz, was replaced by Axl Rose. Signed to PolyGramin ’87, the band’s self-titled debut, with Phil Lewis replacing Rose, sold over a million copies, as did “Cocked and Loaded” (1989) and“Hollywood Vampires” (1991).

Tracii Guns‘ L.A. GUNS is not to be confused with the Phil Lewis-led version of the group, which is continuing to record and perform under theL.A. GUNS moniker.

MANOWAR Back In The Studio

MANOWAR has released highlights of its “The Lord Of Steel World Tour”on a live EP, featuring performances from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden. 

“From the first show in Zaragoza/Spain to the last show in Yekaterinburg/Russia, ‘The Lord Of Steel’ world tour was a terrific experience,” said MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. “Performing new songs for the first time in front of your audience is the ultimate test of the power of the songs to connect to the only people that matter. Our fans were totally brutalized and went wild as you will hear on this new EP. ‘The Lord Of Steel Live’ is a thank you to our amazing fans; it will forever immortalize this tour and those who attended it.”

The album was mixed and mastered at MANOWAR‘s own studios Hell and Haus Wahnfried by Joey DeMaio personally with longtime MANOWARengineer Dirk Kloiber

“The Lord Of Steel Live” was released digitally as an iTunes exclusive worldwide on July 9, and will be made available on CD in retail and throughTheKingdomOfSteel.com on August 16.

Featured tracks: 

01. El Gringo 
02. Expendable 
03. Hail, Kill And Die 
04. Manowarriors 
05. The Lord Of Steel 
06. Thunder In The Sky

Asked why MANOWAR chose to release “The Lord Of Steel” in digital format several months before the retail release, DeMaio toldRockpages.gr: “MANOWAR have always worked with the latest technology. Thankfully, our fans have more options than ever to choose how they get their music and when. 

“We are proud to be able to give our fans multiple choices: We have released a limited edition of the album in collaboration with Metal Hammer U.K., with its own artwork and special mixes as a first look at what is to come. For those who prefer digital content and wish this limited version, they have the option of getting it as download album. 

“The worldwide retail release [is] available with different versions of the songs and a totally different mix and master as CD and limited vinyl, both with spectacular new art by Ken Kelly. And, of course, this version [is] available as digital album as well. The fans can decide which options and configurations they prefer.”

Regarding the difference between MANOWAR‘s previous studio album,“Gods Of War”, and “The Lord Of Steel”DeMaio said: “All of our albums are different from one another, unlike other groups who constantly try to keep to a formula. 

“After the massive production of ‘Gods Of War’, our vision this time was a stripped down, brutally raw, unique sound; ‘lean and mean,’ so to speak.

“We had started working on material prior Donnie [Hamzik, drums] return to the band. 

MANOWAR are a unit. Every band member brings in a unique contribution, so it was only logical for us to start over and include Donnie from the beginning of the creative process. 

“Some people will say its a shame to abandon something you have invested a lot of time and energy in, but that’s the way we work. It has to feel right for all of us.”

ROB ZOMBIE On Upcoming Concert DVD: 'I Figured At Least Once We Should Film It'

On July 20, Rob Zombie spoke to the Albany, New York radio stationQ103 about his plans to capture his band’s current live show for an upcoming concert DVD. 

“[Doing a concert DVD] always seemed like a huge nuisance, truthfully,”Rob said. “We had a live record and that took a million years to do. And a live DVD, for some reason to me, always seems like a nuisance, because after the show is done, I don’t care. I don’t want to relive it. I mean, a certain member of the band films every show and wants to watch it immediately after the show. And it aggravates the fuck out of me. Who gives a shit? The show is over, I don’t care. I never wanna har about it again, I never wanna see it again. Like, I never watch anything — a TV show I’ve been on; I don’t care. Once it’s done, it’s done. But I figured at least once we should film it.”

He continued: “We’ve had so many big crazy stage shows over the last many, many years. And we never filmed anything with [Rob‘s former band]WHITE ZOMBIE back then. I mean, there’s little clips here and there, like [footage from] Brazilian television or something… 

He added: “We haven’t [filmed any footage for the concert DVD] yet. We’re gonna do it in Texas when we get to Texas [on the currentRockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival], but who knows?! I may change my mind at the last minute.”

You can listen to the entire interview at Q103Albany.com.

Zombie recently gave an update on the progress of his next movie as a writer and director, “Broad Street Bullies”, about the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team of the 1970s that were famous for beating the Soviet Union’s team at the time and notorious for their violent tactics on the ice.Zombie said about the project, “As of right now, the script is done, ’cause that was a long process, putting a script together. And we’re just sort of putting the financing together, putting the structure of the film together, all the boring stuff, and also beginning the early process of casting, trying to figure out who’s gonna play who and what’s gonna happen.”

Zombie plans to shoot most of the movie in Philadelphia.

Zombie‘s most recent film, “The Lords Of Salem”, will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on September 3.

Zombie‘s fifth solo album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, was released in April and entered the Billboard album chart at No. 7 with first-week sales of 34,000 copies.

DUFF MCKAGAN On VELVET REVOLVER: We're Just Waiting For The Right Singer To Come Along

Former GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan spoke to Billboard.comabout the current status of VELVET REVOLVER, the band that released two full-length albums through RCA/Sony BMG — 2004’s “Contraband”and 2007’s “Libertad” — before dismissing singer Scott Weiland back in April 2008.

“We talk about it every now and again. Slash [guitar] and Matt [Sorum, drums] and Dave [Kushner, guitar] and I played in South Africa at the beginning of June…and of course we talked about it. We’ve tried out a bunch of singers, but I think we’re just waiting for the right person to come along. It’ll just happen. But the chemistry of Matt and Slash andDave and I is really good, so you don’t want to let that just go away.”

McKagan also commented on Weiland‘s recent split with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, noting that, “You could kind of see it coming, I suppose. It’s a sad situation any way you look at it. That guy…You hope [Weiland] pulls it together; I shared enough good times with that guy that I wish him nothing but the best.” 

VELVET REVOLVER reunited with Weiland for a four-song set in January 2012 at a Los Angeles tribute concert for late songwriter John O’Brien, but the band has otherwise remained inactive.

At one point it was reported that VELVET REVOLVER was going to team with STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor, but the idea was ultimately vetoed by Slash. The group and Taylor recorded demos of 10 songs together.

DEATH DIVISION: 'MMXIII' EP Available On iTunes

“MMXIII”, the debut EP from DEATH DIVISION — the heavy, technicallyaggressive and melodic band founded by bassist Jerry Montano(HELLYEAHDANZIGNOTHINGFACE), drummer Tim Yeung (MORBID ANGELDIVINE HERESYHATE ETERNALNILE), vocalist/guitarist Sean De La Tour and lead guitarist Rick Di Marco — is now available on iTunes.

“MMXIII” track listing:

01. I’ve Had Enough
02. We Are the Fallen
03. The Day She Left
04. All Hope Is Lost
05. Demons

DEATH DIVISION is taking part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETHmainman Dave Mustaine. Also appearing on the bill are headlinersMEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETYHELLYEAHDEVICEand NEWSTED.

DEATH DIVISION is managed by Dave Mustaine‘s son, Justis Mustaine.

In a recent interview with the Colorado Springs, Colorado radio station94.3 KILODave Mustaine stated about DEATH DIVISION: “One band that I did hear recently that I really liked was the opening band onGigantour. It’s an unknown band. The bass player from DANZIG and the drummer from MORBID ANGEL formed this band called DEATH DIVISION. And they’re opening up Gigantour. My son manages them and ifTradecraft [Mustaine‘s label imprint] could sign anybody, I would sign them. They’re that good. When I heard them, I said, ‘Well, who’s their label?’ And Justis said they don’t have a label. And I said, ‘Really? Well, you know what? They can open Gigantour if they want to.’ And they’re on it. And the band’s got one of the best guitar players I’ve heard in a very, very, very long time.”

DEATH DIVISION has been working with Eclipse Media on the group’s official logo and artwork. 

For more information, visit the DEATH DIVISION Facebook page.