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GRAND MAGUS Begins Recording Ninth Album

Swedish riff lords GRAND MAGUS are working on the follow-up to their 2016 album "Sword Songs". The recordings are taking place at Sweetspot Studio in Sweden with producer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, FIREWIND, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS). Singer/guitar player Janne "J.B." Christoffersson states: "The MAGUS is back in the studio to record the ninth album. It's been ...

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BEAST IN BLACK: 'From Hell With Love' Cover Artwork Unveiled

The cover artwork for BEAST IN BLACK's sophomore album, "From Hell With Love", can be seen below. The follow-up to 2017's "Berserker" is scheduled for a February 8, 2019 release via Nuclear Blast. BEAST IN BLACK is the Helsinki, Finland-based metal band led by former BATTLE BEAST guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen. The "From ...

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FENDER Teams Up With JIMMY PAGE To Recreate His Iconic Telecaster

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced it is collaborating with one of rock's most legendary guitar players — Jimmy Page — to recreate his famous 1959 Fender Telecaster 50 years after LED ZEPPELIN formed in October 1968. Among music's most iconic guitars is Jimmy Page's Telecaster, known for its two "mirror" and "dragon" designs. ...

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FIREWIND To Release Next Album In 2020

Greek melodic power metal masters FIREWIND, the group led by guitar wizard and former OZZY OSBOURNE bandmember Gus G., are planning to enter the studio next year to begin recording the follow-up to 2017's "Immortals" album. Gus, who is still promoting his "Fearless" solo album, spoke about his future plans during a brand new interview ...

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NORTHTALE Releases First Song, 'Shape Your Reality'

NORTHTALE, the newly formed Swedish/American melodic power metal band, has made its first track, "Shape Your Reality", available for streaming. NORTHTALE was born out of the desire of three world-class musicians to work with each other in creating a new band, one that blends melodic, anthemic choruses with fast-paced rhythm section and technically challenging and ...

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COREY BEAULIEU Says TRIVIUM Wanted To 'Bring The Intensity' Back On 'The Sin And The Sentence'

RadioactiveMike Z, host of the Riverside, California-based radio station 96.7 KCAL-FM program "Wired In The Empire", recently conducted an interview with guitarist Corey Beaulieu of Florida metallers TRIVIUM. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the heavier nature of their 2017 "The ...

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GODSMACK Drummer On Band's 'Conscious Effort' To 'Mature': 'We Didn't Look At It Like A Sellout'

Prior to GODSMACK's performance at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California on October 13, drummer Shannon Larkin spoke with Two Doods Reviews. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the band ever gets sick of playing certain songs: Shannon: "It's not really like that. The ...

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DREAM THEATER Keyboardist On Upcoming Album: 'Everybody Wanted To Return To The Core Of Who We Are'

Jordan Rudess spoke to Lotsofmuzik about the recording sessions for the follow-up to DREAM THEATER's 2016 album "The Astonishing". The band's 14th studio disc, which is tentatively due in early 2019, will be DREAM THEATER's first for Sony Music's progressive imprint InsideOut Music. The group spent the past 25 years recording under various ...

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JACK RUSSELL Laments Death Of Album Format: 'There Was A Ritual To Music That Has Been Lost In The Age Of Streaming'

Former GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell has lamented the death of the album format in light of how comprehensively streaming music services are decimating record sales. Speaking about the widespread belief that the current generation of music fans doesn't understand that artists are not being properly compensated by industry giants like Spotify and Apple Music, ...

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New STATIC-X Album, 'Project Regeneration', Featuring WAYNE STATIC's Final Vocal Performances, To Arrive In 2019

STATIC-X is back! Featuring the band's original lineup introduced on their 1999 platinum-selling debut full-length album, "Wisconsin Death Trip", bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay have joined forces once again to release a new album, "Project Regeneration". Due in the spring of 2019, the effort will be released in conjunction with ...

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PHIL COLLEN Explains Why DEF LEPPARD Doesn't Invite Other Musicians Onstage To Jam

Dave Lawrence of Hawaii Public Radio's "All Things Considered" recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether DEP LEPPARD has invited musical guests onstage during their live performances: Phil: "Not really. I mean, usually the songs ...

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CLUTCH Drummer: 'This Is The Best Job In The World'

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview drummer Jean-Paul Gaster of Maryland rockers CLUTCH. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the release of CLUTCH's latest studio album, "Book Of Bad Decisions": Jean-Paul: "It's been great so far. We pretty much hit the ...

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DEF LEPPARD's JOE ELLIOTT On Seeing RICK ALLEN Play Drums With One Arm For The First Time: 'It Was Astonishing'

DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott was recently interviewed by "All Things Considered" host Dave Lawrence of HPR/Hawaii Public Radio. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's rapid rise during their 1983 in support of "Pyromania": Joe: "It was all a bit of a whirlwind, ...

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CHRIS CORNELL: Unboxing Video For New Box Set

On November 16, fans can celebrate the recorded legacy of musical icon and singer/songwriter Chris Cornell with the 17-track self-titled album, "Chris Cornell", and a 64-track limited-edition deluxe box set. The first release since his passing in 2017, the album will be made available by Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Chris Cornell ...

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BEAST IN BLACK To Release 'From Hell With Love' Album In February

BEAST IN BLACK is putting the finishing touches on its sophomore album, "From Hell With Love", for a February 8, 2019 release via Nuclear Blast. BEAST IN BLACK is the Helsinki, Finland-based metal band led by former BATTLE BEAST guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen. Commented BEAST IN BLACK: "Sometimes it felt like hell working ...

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