METALLICA Sets World Record By Performing Concerts On All Seven Continents In Under A Year

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METALLICA set a world record on December 8, 2013 by becoming the first and only band in history to perform concerts on all seven continents in under a year.

METALLICA‘s 10-song show in Antarctica on Sunday “was the most unique show [the band] has ever done,” the group said in a statement. “The band, contest winners, research station scientists (from Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany), and the ship crew, all crammed in this little dome out on the helipad of Carlini Station in Antarctica! The energy in the little dome was amazing! Words cannot describe how happy everyone was.”

The METALLICA concert was sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero and fans from several Latin and South American countries had a chance to enter a contest and win the opportunity to join the band on the expedition.

The concert took place under a dome at the Carlini Argentine Base and was heard by the fans through headphones, with no other amplifiers or sound system. The gig was also live-streamed in the participating countries.

METALLICA‘s setlist was as follows:

01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Sad But True
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
05. Master Of Puppets
06. One
07. Blackened
08. Nothing Else Matters
09. Enter Sandman
10. Seek & Destroy

Speaking to Nikki Blakk of the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone last month, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett said: “We are playing Antarctica; it’s pretty wacky. It’s crazy, because I don’t deal with cold very well, so I have my reservations. But it should be pretty cool, because we’ve played the North Pole before — we’ve played Tuktoyaktuk [in 1995]— so we have to play the South Pole. Tuktoyaktuk was fine; it wasn’t as cold as it sounded. But I have a feeling that the Antarctica is a lot colder than the North Pole. And it should be an interesting experience.”

PHILIP ANSELMO Has Finished Recording Vocals For New DOWN EP

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On December 6, CobraMetal.net’s Andrew Melendez conducted an interview with legendary heavy metal frontman Philip Anselmo (PANTERADOWN).

DOWN entered Anselmo‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, on October 7 to begin recording a new EP that is tentatively due in early 2014.

Speaking about the band’s new material, DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan told the “Metal Hammer” radio show: “It’s kind of slight continuation of the first EP, but it’s a little bit more… It’s hard to say, man… It’s more… I wouldn’t say ‘aggressive,’ but it’s definitely got some freaky guitar stuff on it. And it’s definitely got a pretty good groove factor. And we spent a lot of time trying to make all the songs [fit together stylistically]. We had several songs that didn’t quite match it, so we kind of [set them aside] and we’re gonna move them to another EP. But it’s got a super-heavy vibe to it, man. I mean, I’m really excited about it. Everybody in the band is excited about it.”

He continued: “We wrote it kind of like we did the ‘NOLA’ record. Each one of us had some riffs and we got in a room and we just hashed it out like the old days — just going off each person’s experiences and ideas. Everybody’s ideas were valid, and it really ended up being well rounded and slamming. It was [a] very creative [process], let’s put it that way. Actually, it was surprising some of us how much we really still got it.”

Guitarist Kirk Windstein recently left DOWN and was replaced by Bobby Landgraf, the band’s former guitar tech who was previously in GAHDZILLA MOTOR COMPANY, a 1990s outfit also featuring Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYSWATCHTOWER), and HONKY.

Anselmo‘s first-ever solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales — “Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.

BLACK SABBATH, DREAM THEATER, ANTHRAX, VOLBEAT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Among GRAMMY AWARDS Nominees

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BLACK SABBATHDREAM THEATERANTHRAXVOLBEAT and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are among the nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on January 26, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category are as follows:

ANTHRAX – “T.N.T.”
Track from: “Anthems”
Label: Megaforce

BLACK SABBATH – “God Is Dead?”
Track from: “13”
Label: Vertigo/Republic

DREAM THEATER – “The Enemy Inside”
Track from: “Dream Theater”
Label: Roadrunner Records

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – “In Due Time”
Track from: “Disarm The Descent”
Label: Roadrunner Records

VOLBEAT feat. King Diamond – “Room 24”
Track from: “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”
Label: Republic Records

Nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the sixth year, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards were announced on primetime television as part of “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night”, a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.

“This year’s nominations reflect the talented community of music makers who represent some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry of the year in their respective fields,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, in a statement.

The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS.

BLACK SABBATH's 'Live… Gathered In Their Masses' Enters U.S. Chart At No. 2

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BLACK SABBATH‘s new live album and DVD/Blu-ray captured on this year’s world tour, called “Black Sabbath: Live… Gathered In Their Masses”, sold around 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 2 on the Top Music Videos chart.

Released on November 26, “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” is available via a variety of formats. Options include:

* DVD standalone
* Blu-ray standalone
* Blu-ray/CD combo pack with a CD featuring live audio from the show, all packaged in a Blu-ray case
* DVD/CD combo pack with a CD featuring live audio from the show, all packaged in an Amaray box
* Deluxe box with a Blu-ray disc of live show with exclusive bonus visual extras/two DVD discs/a CD featuring live audio from the show/poster/signed set list/photo booklet/guitar picks/official show “ticket”

“Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” was recorded April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia when the band — Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) — kicked off their world tour in support of their “13” album, which entered the charts at No. 1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.).

“Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” track listings:

Blu-ray and DVD track listing is as follows:

01. War Pigs
02. Into The Void
03. Loner
04. Snowblind
05. Black Sabbath
06. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
07. N.I.B.
08. Methademic
09. Fairies Wear Boots
10. Symptom Of The Universe
11. Iron Man
12. End Of The Beginning
13. Children Of The Grave
14. God Is Dead?
15. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro) / Paranoid

CD track listing is as follows:

01. War Pigs
02. Loner
03. Black Sabbath
04. Methademic
05. N.I.B.
06. Iron Man
07. End Of The Beginning
08. Fairies Wear Boots
09. God Is Dead?
10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro) / Paranoid

“13” has sold 334,000 copies in the United States since its June 2013 release.

Surviving Members Of Classic VIXEN Lineup Resurrect Band In Honor Of Fallen Guitarist

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Singer Janet Gardner, drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross (Pedersen) will honor their friend and bandmate, guitarist and founder of VIXENJan Kuehnemund, by performing as VIXEN in 2014.

The band was committed to reunite in 2012 but Kuehnemund‘s cancer diagnosis caused what was thought of at the time as a delay. Sadly, however, after a fierce battle, Kuehnemund succumbed to her illness in October 2013, thus the reunion was not meant to be.

After discussing the idea with friends and family as well as lead vocalist from the most recent lineup, Jenna Sanz-Agero, it was agreed that it was the right decision for the three surviving definitive members to carry on as VIXEN.

Gardner commented: “We’ve been hearing the fans ask for this and while it will never be the same without Jan, we believe in our hearts it’s what she would have wanted.”

Joining forces with their JSRG bandmate, guitarist Gina StileVIXEN will perform at select festivals and showcase dates in 2014.

The first official VIXEN performances will take place on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, departing from Miami, Florida on March 29, 2014.

Kuehnemund was only 51 years old at the time of her death.

In 1987, “Edge Of A Broken Heart” climbed the Billboard chart to the Top Ten and VIXEN had hit after hit. EMI suddenly had the only platinum-selling all-female rock band of its time on their roster.

Dubbed “MTV Darlings”, the hits kept coming with “Cryin'”“How Much Love”“Love Is A Killer” and “Not a Minute Too Soon”. The band earned credibility as they opened up for superstars, including OZZY OSBOURNEDEEP PURPLESCORPIONS and BON JOVI, to name a few. A live performance on the “Arsenio Hall” television show sealed their credibility with the fact that these girls could play.

VIXEN‘s original members GardnerKuehnemundPedersen and Petrucci appeared together on VH1‘s “Bands Reunited” in October 2004 to reminisce about their start on L.A.’s Sunset Strip and their rise to fame in the late 1980s, before the onset of grunge in the early 1990s displaced metal at the top of the charts. They also took part in a short performance for the program.

JIM ROOT To Sit Out STONE SOUR Tour In Order To Focus On SLIPKNOT's Next Album

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STONE SOUR guitarist Jim Root will sit out the band’s upcoming tour with POP EVIL and STOLEN BABIES in order to focus on the songwriting process for SLIPKNOT‘s long-awaited new studio album. STONE SOUR says in a statement: “Everyone involved is okay with the decision and our mutual friend Christian Martucci will be filling in on guitar.

“It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another STONE SOUR tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with SLIPKNOT, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins.”

STONE SOUR‘s tour with POP EVIL and STOLEN BABIES is scheduled to kick off on January 14 at the House Of Blues in Orlando, Florida.

SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor — who also fronts STONE SOUR — told ARTISTdirect in a recent interview that things may finally be moving forward for SLIPKNOT 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 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.

VAN HALEN Has More Unreleased Material In Vaults, Says Bassist

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After singer David Lee Roth said in recent interview that VAN HALEN has started work on its 13th studio album, the next question is whether the material will be freshly written or pulled from the band’s vaults. Many of the songs on 2012’s “A Different Kind Of Truth” originated from demos going back to the group’s earliest days, and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen told The Pulse Of Radio that there’s more where that came from. “There’s plenty of other ideas lying around and some new stuff that we’ve been working on too,” he said. “You never know what’ll happen.”

According to The Pulse Of RadioRoth told comedian Jim Florentine back in August: “I was up at [guitarist] Edward‘s [Van Halen] house three days ago, and we’re starting to put music together. We’re writing; I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week up at Ed‘s place.”

But Roth also cautioned that fans should not expect to hear the finished follow-up to 2012’s “A Different Kind Of Truth” for at least 18 months.

“A Different Kind Of Truth” was the first new VAN HALEN album in 14 years and the first since 1984 to feature Roth, the band’s original singer, on lead vocals.

The disc debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 187,000 copies in its first week of release.

The group toured through the spring and early part of the summer of 2012 behind the album, but abruptly pulled off the road that June due to “exhaustion.” A severe intestinal disorder later sidelined Eddie Van Halen, restricting the band to only sporadic live shows since.

RANDY BLYTHE's Book Gets Title, Tentative Release Date

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According to Amazon.comDa Capo Press has set a June 24, 2014 North American release date for LAMB OF GOD vocalist Randy Blythe‘s memoir, “Dark Days: My Tribulation And Trials”Random House has purchased the foreign rights to the book and will act as publisher in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The memoir, which puts emphasis on the past year of Randy‘s life, is an incredible, harrowing, heartbreaking, and redemptive story told in Blythe‘s already well-recognized writing style.

It seems that almost every major media outlet has attempted to righteously cover the story of Blythe‘s arrest, incarceration, trial, and acquittal for manslaughter in the Czech Republic last year, but now, the man at the center of it all unveils the truths of the ordeal, personally detailing every aspect in his own words. No ghost writers, no co-authors, just Randy Blythe himself.

The rights to Blythe‘s book were sold to Da Capo executive editor Ben Schafer by Marc Gerald at The Agency Group.

“While I’ve dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read, I never imagined my first book would center around such a sad topic,” says Blythe. “Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told. I believe this one does (for several different reasons, not just for the benefit of myself), so I will tell it with the respect and dignity all involved deserve. This will be a good read, I promise you, and I hope some good comes of it.”

Added Schafer: “I knew that Randy was a master vocalist and lyricist but it turns out he is a vivid and visceral prose writer as well.

“Regarding his arrest and trial in the Czech Republic, Randy handled a frightening and heartbreaking situation with courage, grace, and humility, and we at Da Capo Press are honored to have the opportunity to have a part in telling his story.”

Da Capo Press, a member of American publishing company the Perseus Books Group, is an excellent home for Blythe‘s memoir, having already published several other books by heavy metal greats like Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH), Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOTSTONE SOUR), Rex Brown (PANTERADOWNKILL DEVIL HILL) and Al Jourgensen (MINISTRY).

Prague, Czech Republic’s High Court upheld Blythe‘s “not guilty” verdict on June 5 in connection with the death of a fan three years ago. The court’s decision is final.

A three-judge panel on March 5 acquitted Blythe of manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Daniel Nosek.

Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a May 2010 incident in which Nosek, who attended a LAMB OF GOD performance in Prague, died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage.

Though Blythe faced up to 10 years in prison, during the closing argument, prosecutors only asked the judge for the minimum sentence of five years.

ADRENALINE MOB Recruits TWISTED SISTER Drummer, Signs With CENTURY MEDIA

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ADRENALINE MOB has inked a North American deal with Century Media Records, the label the group was previously signed to only for the European territory. The band’s second full-length album, “Men Of Honor”, will be released February 18 in North America and February 24 internationally.

ADRENALINE MOB‘s current lineup includes Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X), Mike Orlando (guitar), John Moyer (bass; also of DISTURBED), and the band’s latest addition, drummer A.J. Pero (also of TWISTED SISTER).

“Men Of Honor” features 11 new original songs produced by Allen and Orlando.

01. Mob Is Back
02. Come On Get Up
03. Dearly Departed
04. Behind These Eyes
05. Let It Go
06. Feel The Adrenaline
07. Men Of Honor
08. Crystal Clear
09. House Of Lies
10. Judgment Day
11. Fallin’ To Pieces

Drummer Mike Portnoy (FLYING COLORSTHE WINERY DOGSDREAM THEATERAVENGED SEVENFOLD) quit ADRENALINE MOB in June due to “scheduling conflicts.”

In a recent interview with Brazil’s “Wikimetal”Allen stated about Portnoy‘s departure from ADRENALINE MOB: “He’s been, obviously, real busy with THE WINERY DOGS. The truth of it is we wanna keep working, we wanna keep doing ADRENALINE MOB and we don’t wanna wait around for Mike to have the time [to put into ADRENALINE MOB]. And he doesn’t know when he will have the time again, so that’s really what’s going down. Mike Portnoy was asked to be in the band by myself. Me and Orlando had already written all the material, so [ADRENALINE MOB‘s debut album] ‘Omertá’ was completely finished before Mike joined the act. And it’s a bummer, but he’s got his sights on other things, and he’s not gonna stick around. So we wish him the best of luck, but the MOB‘s gotta go on.”

ADRENALINE MOB released “Covertá”, an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the group’s favorite songs, on March 12.

QUEEN Signs New Deal with UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP

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QUEEN and Universal Music Group have renewed their partnership with a new, long-term deal that will herald a range of exciting projects from the band including a raft of rare and unreleased material and a film.

The agreement was announced at Monday’s (December 2) launch of “Queen: The Studio Experience”, a major new QUEEN exhibition in Montreux, Switzerland. Brian May and Roger Taylor were in Montreux to officiate the opening.

The exhibition provides a unique behind the scenes glimpse into the band’s recording life during the years spent working at the Swiss town’s Mountain Studios where, between 1979 and 1995, QUEEN created six albums, including “Jazz” and the seminal “Made In Heaven”. The exhibition will raise awareness and funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the AIDS charity set up by QUEEN and their manager Jim Beach immediately after front man Freddie Mercury‘s tragic death from AIDS in 1991.

The new Universal deal, which covers the world outside North America, comes three years after QUEEN first signed with Universal Music. That move saw the band release music through Island Records for the first time in its history and signalled the start of a major remastering and repackaging program, providing live tracks, alternative takes and other additional content for QUEEN‘s 15 studio albums.

In 2011 the band and label also celebrated QUEEN‘s 40th anniversary with a major marketing campaign and a series of high profile events, including the “Stormtroopers In Stilettos” exhibition staged in London in February 2011 and a major BBC TV documentary on the band.

Max Hole, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music Group International, said: “We have loved working with QUEEN over last three years. QUEEN remains one of the biggest, boldest and most influential bands in the world. The band and Universal Music have lots of ambitious plans for the future.”

QUEEN‘s Brian May and Roger Taylor said: “We have also enjoyed working with Universal. In spite of being the biggest music company in the world they succeed in retaining a very hands-on personal relationship with their artists, something we much appreciate.”

Supporting the Mercury Phoenix Trust, fighting AIDS worldwide, and sponsored by the Fondation Barrière“Queen: The Studio Experience” features memorabilia from the recording studio and the band’s personal archives, including original handwritten song lyrics, costumes and instruments, together with a small cinema. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the studio control room, still in its original state, where visitors will be able to create their own mixes of selected QUEEN tracks including Freddie Mercury‘s last recorded vocal, “Mother Love”.