ROB ZOMBIE's 'Great American Nightmare' Offering Unsigned Bands Chance To Perform

ImageFullerton, California’s The Slidebar has partnered with Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare to host the Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Battle Of The Bands live local music showcase this September and October. Unsigned talent will have a chance to compete for a chance to play the Monster Energy Main Stage on one night of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare — the ultimate Halloween music and horror event — will be held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 to November 2 at FEARPlex in Pomona, just outside Los Angeles. The live music showcase nights for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Battle Of The Bands will begin with preliminaries at Slidebar on September 9, 16, 23, and 25, and will culminate with the four finalists competing on October 6. One winner will earn the honor of performing on the Monster Energy Main Stage at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. The performance date for the winning band will be announced at the final battle at Slidebar on October 6. To enter the competition, bands should email slidebarvenuebooking@yahoo.com by September 13, 2013. Each entry should include: band name, genre, Facebook page, Twitter, contact name, and contact e-mail. Bands will be chosen from these entries to perform at the weekly battles, each featuring five bands. Also visit the SlideBLOG at SlidebarFullerton.com for more details. Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will feature 15 nights of music, culminating with a November 2 headlining performance by Rob Zombie himself. This bone-chilling experience will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in the realms of hard rock/metal, rock alternative, EDM, and Latin music. Each Thursday night will feature rock alternative music, Fridays EDM, most Saturdays will feature hard rock/metal, and most Sundays will be Latin music focused. Please visit GreatAmericanNightmare.com for the full list of music performances by date. A creative collaboration between masters of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman, the fully immersive haunted house experience will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: “Lords Of Salem Total Black Out”, “The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D” and “Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses”. “The Great American Nightmare’s Bloody Boulevard” will offer outdoor screenings of classic horror films, a DJ, food vendors, beer, wine and spirits, and much more, with freak show characters roaming throughout the grounds each night. Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are available starting at only $30 at GreatAmericanNightmare.com. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and Bloody Boulevard activities. Tickets will also be available for purchase onsite during the Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona Fairplex (August 30 – September 29). VIP packages are available for purchase at GreatAmericanNightmare.com. Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 6:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, 6:30 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. FEARPlex (Fairplex) is located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, California, centrally located in the heart of Southern California. Fairplex is also home to the LA County Fair, the largest county fair in the world.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD's 'Hail To The King' Headed For Top Of U.S. Album Chart

ImageAVENGED SEVENFOLD’s sixth album, “Hail To The King”, is likely to sell between 170,000 and 180,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on August 27 via Warner Bros. AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s fifth album, “Nightmare”, opened with 162,500 units back in August 2010 to debut at the top of The Billboard 200 chart. AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s self-titled fourth album registered a first-week tally of 94,000 copies in November 2007, nearly three times what its 2005 effort, “City of Evil”, sold in its biggest week on the chart. AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows said a few months back that the sound of the new CD was channeling earlier records from acts like PANTERA, METALLICA, BLACK SABBATH and others, and he told The Pulse Of Radio again just recently that the band was aiming for an older feel. “We said, ‘Well, why don’t we make a record that we would want to listen to today, that sounds like a late ’90s or before record?'” he said. “And then we said production-wise we’ve got to make it sound like one of those records. We’ve got to have the big guitars, the huge drums that are over the top, and just like the punch that those records gave you. So what I would say is that this is a record in 2013 that reminds me of like an early ’90s or before type metal record.” “Hail To The King” is AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s first full album written and recorded without drummer and charter member James “The Rev” Sullivan, who died in December 2009 during the early stages of writing for “Nightmare”. The band was scheduled to debut a number of new songs live at a free show in Los Angeles on Monday night (August 26). AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently notched the fifth No. 1 single of the band’s career as the song “Hail To The King” reached the top of the Active Rock radio chart. The band will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST. AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s video for the song “Hail To The King” can be seen below. The clip was directed by Syndrome, an award-winning design and live-action directing studio.

“Hail To The King” track listing:

01. Shepherd Of Fire

02. Hail To The King

03. Doing Time

04. This Means War

05. Requiem

06. Crimson Day

07. Heretic

08. Coming Home

09. Planets

10. Acid Rain

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Featuring CHESTER BENNINGTON: New EP Title, Release Date, Cover Artwork

ImageThe new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS featuring LINKIN PARK’s Chester Bennington will release an EP, “High Rise”, on October 8 via 13Star Records. The effort will contain five new tracks, including “Out of Time” and “Tomorrow”. The cover artwork for “High Rise” can be seen below. “Out Of Time” reached the No. 1 position on both the Mediabase Active Rock and Mainstream Rock chart earlier this month. “We’re really thankful to all the people listening to our music that made this happen,” says bassist Robert DeLeo. “It feels great on so many levels.” STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will kick off a North American tour on September 4 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The opening act on almost all the dates will be FILTER. This will be the first major run of live dates, as well as the first official recording, since STP fired founding vocalist Scott Weiland earlier this year and recruited Bennington to take over. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Robert and Dean DeLeo recently revealed why STONE TEMPLE PILOTS parted way with Weiland. In a radio interview, Robert explained that he thinks that you get to a point in your life where your BS meter starts running down to a certain kind of tolerance and that it wasn’t just a musical decision, but it was a business decision. Robert added: “It was a quality-of-life decision and that really what it’s about. That’s where we wanted to be. Chester is a person that’s really surrounded by good fortune and that’s something you want to be around. It’s no longer three guys in a room, trying to make a record or trying to get a tour together — it’s four guys in a room.” Dean explained that they wanted to be able to fulfill their commitment through the band too. He said: “Robert, Eric [Kretz, drums] and I, we want to be able to come to town and give you everything we’ve got and it was getting to a point where we were unable to do that.” STP will release the new EP through their own label. It will contain five songs, including “Out Of Time”. STP fired Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol. The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career. Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

KILL DEVIL HILL Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

ImageKILL DEVIL HILL — the band featuring legendary drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL) alongside Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) on bass, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) on guitar and Jason “Dewey” Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) on vocals — has inked a multi-album North American deal with Century Media Records. The group’s sophomore album will be released this fall. “It’s a real pleasure being on a label that feels like home!” says Brown of the signing. “Since day one with Century Media, it’s been great knowing That they have the same mutual beliefs and goals that we do — to keep hard rock and metal alive and kicking, and to bring our music to as many fans as we can! These guys have the best track record around when it comes to hard rock and metal music, and it’s great to know that we’re on the same page and striving for the same things!” Speaking to Skinny Music earlier this year, Brown stated about KILL DEVIL HILL’s new material: “It’s pure, unadulterated, hard, kicking-ass rock and roll, man. That’s all I an say about it. It’s gonna be amazing. The tapes I have, there’s no compression, no EQ off the board. It’s just non-stop rock and roll, man. That’s all there is to it.” KILL DEVIL HILL’s self-titled debut album was released last year via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD landed at position No. 9 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. “Kill Devil Hill” was produced by Warren Riker, who is best known for his work with DOWN, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SUBLIME and CATHEDRAL. The effort was made available in a standard CD edition, as an iTunes digital download, and double gatefold LP. According to drummer Vinny Appice, KILL DEVIL HILL’s sound is “like a cross between BLACK SABBATH, ALICE IN CHAINS and a little bit of LED ZEPPELIN thrown in. It’s heavy, but with a lot of cool hooks and melodic overtones, too.”

KILL DEVIL HILL is:

* Jason “Dewey” Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) – Vocals

*Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) – Guitar

* Rex Brown (DOWN, PANTERA) – Bass

* Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) – Drums

SEPULTURA: New Album Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

ImageAccording to the web site of the Brazilian newspaper Diario de Pernambuco, Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA have revealed the cover artwork and track listing of their new album, “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart”, which which will be released on October 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Alexandre Wagner, who specializes in charcoal drawing techniques. Guitarist Andreas Kisser commented on how he discovered the work of Alexandre Wagner. “It was through Silvio Bibika, who was my roadie for a long time,” he said. “He always shows me things in general that SEPULTURA might need. Alexandre, who is from Belo Horizonte, Silvio showed me a year ago. So before we went to the United States, to record the album, I was at his house to talk about the cover, tell him the album title, talk about the concept of the film ‘Metropolis’, so he could do something original. But when I saw the picture with the drawing, I thought it was all about what we wanted and we did not need something new. I asked him to do a tribal S in the style of the cover. The S made by Alexandre will be on the back cover.” Said Alexandre: “I did this series of charcoal drawing work when I still lived in Belo Horizonte. They were all made there. They were quick drawings without much reference, almost an experimentation that may have came from a desire to use the most basic of basic materials — coal, paper and wood. The cover design was already done, Andreas saw it and liked it. We talked a little more and I also sent some other pictures for the booklet. I was pleased with the choice of the theme of the album, I like Fritz Lang very much, and not only ‘Metropolis’. ‘Dr. Mabuse der Spieler’ is a fucking great movie.” As a Mineiro, from Belo Horizonte like SEPULTURA, Alexandre was glad to be part of the band’s history. “It’s impossible to be from Belo Horizonte and not know the band,” he said. “Some of their albums followed me for a long time, especially ‘Chaos A.D.’ I remember seeing ‘Refuse/Resist’ on TV and thinking it was wonderful. It’s really cool to work with the guys, being part of something together. It is somehow a shared history.” “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” track listing: 01. Trauma Of War 02. The Vatican 03. Impending Doom 04. Manipulation Of Tragedy 05. Tsunami 06. The Bliss of Ignorants 07. Grief 08. The Age Of The Atheist 09. Obsessed 10. Da Lama ao Caos (CHICO SCIENCE & NAÇÃO ZUMBI cover) Although it was inspired by Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 movie “Metropolis”, the CD, “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” is not a concept album or a soundtrack like its precedessors “Dante XXI” (based on “The Divine Comedy”) and “A-Lex” (based on “A Clockwork Orange”). “The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” was tracked over a 40-day period at producer Ross Robinson’s (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SLIPKNOT) studio in Venice, California and is being mixed and mastered by co-producer Steve Evetts, who previously worked with SEPULTURA on the “Nation” (2001), “Revolusongs” (2002) and “Roorback” (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Ross on a number of other projects in the past. SEPULTURA recorded a total of 14 songs for the follow-up to 2011’s “Kairos”, including a cover version of DEATH’s “Zombie Ritual”. The CD will also feature a guest appearance by former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo. In a recent interview with JacksonGuitars.com, Kisser stated about the direction of the new SEPULTURA album: “I write stuff all the time — riffs or ideas on an acoustic guitar. But we really started working on this album in February of this year, so it was pretty quick. We have Eloy Casagrande as our drummer, and he’s 22 years old. The guy’s a beast. One of the best drummers I’ve seen on the planet Earth. He has this metal blood that has so much energy and brings so many possibilities for riffs and stuff like that. It is a SEPULTURA album, but like every SEPULTURA album, there is something different. I think the main difference now is the drummer. It’s the first time we’ve worked in the studio with him. It’s been almost two years [since the last album], and it’s very exciting.” Asked about SEPULTURA’s decision to include a bonus track covering DEATH’s “Zombie Ritual”, Kisser said: “Without DEATH, there wouldn’t be a SEPULTURA — especially in the beginning. The very early albums — like ‘Morbid Visions’ and ‘Schizophrenia’ — there’s a lot of influence from Chuck Schuldiner and his riffs. You can hear that very clearly in our early music. And we never really had the opportunity or idea to play that. We really play our idols, like BLACK SABBATH or MOTÖRHEAD and some Brazilian stuff, but because we covered so many different bands, I think it was time for this tribute to this great band.” SEPULTURA’s upcoming CD will mark the first time the band will have recorded an album outside Brazil since “Against”. The reunion between SEPULTURA and Robinson was first suggested by Monte Conner, the former Roadrunner Records A&R chief who is now the head of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a U.S. partnership with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger. Robinson produced SEPULTURA’s classic “Roots” album in 1995. Released in February 1996 by Roadrunner, it was the band’s last studio album to feature founding member and vocalist Max Cavalera.