alex-skolnick in - CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, News

RUSH Post Tsunami Benefit Performance Online

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that RUSH have posted their performance from last month's Canada For Asia tsunami benefit online. The official Rush.com web site has a link to the new version of their 1977 hit "Closer To The Heart", which features fellow Canadians Ed Robertson of BARENAKED LADIES and actor Mike Smith, who's best ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Bassist TONY FRANKLIN Records With TRAVERS & APPICE, Jams With IRON MAIDEN's MCBRAIN

Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (WHITESNAKE, THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) has recorded seven tracks for the upcoming, as-yet-untitled album from guitarist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice. "Everything was recorded live in the same room (rare these days!)," Franklin writes on his web site. "We recorded a number of favorites from the live set, including 'Boom ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Guitarist JON LEVASSEUR Quits CRYPTOPSY

CRYPTOPSY guitarist Jon Levasseur has officially left the band. His statement on the matter is as follows: "Jon Levasseur here writing to officially announce my departure from CRYPTOPSY. It is something I strangely felt coming on since a year prior to my departure (August 2004) as my inspiration for such extreme music was growing thin. ...

Read more

Posted in: News

KYLESA Complete Work On New Album; Audio Available

Savannah GA's crust-metal-punk hybrid KYLESA have completed work on "To Walk A Middle Course" with producer Alex Newport (MELVINS, AT THE DRIVE-IN, NAILBOMB, THE LOCUST). The album is set for release on March 22 through Prosthetic Records. You can sample the track "In Memory" here. The band will embark on a nationwide tour ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Harnessing Ruin - IMMOLATION

There is death metal and then there is IMMOLATION. By that I mean the 17-year veterans are New York-style death metal to the bone, but create quality songs that sound like no one else. The menacing sound, those layered riffs, textured rhythms, and evil-ass Ross Dolan (decipherable) growl came together to form the best album ...

Read more

Posted in: CD Reviews

DISILLUSION Scrap Live Performances, Concentrate On Writing New Material

DISILLUSION, the prog-death band from Leipzig, Germany who recently performed several dates with an expanded line-up (accompanied by five guest musicians), have issued the following update via their official web site: "DISILLUSION have decided to play no more concerts in large line-up including the announced final show in our hometown Leipzig which was to take ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ANDREAS KISSER, ALEX SKOLNICK, SEBASTIAN BACH Among Musicians Featured On RUSH Tribute CD

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser, former TESTAMENT axeman Alex Skolnick, ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach and former WARRANT frontman Jani Lane are among the musicians appearing on the upcoming RUSH tribute album, "Subdivisions", due on March 15 via Magna Carta Records. The CD, which features pre-mix editing by longtime RUSH producer Terry Brown, contains

Read more

Posted in: News

GLENN HUGHES Unveils Signature Bass At NAMM: Photos Available

Legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) unveiled his new signature bass at the Manne Guitars booth on Saturday (Jan. 22) at the NAMM 2005 convention in Anaheim, California. Joining Glenn to celebrate the occasion were some of his close friends such as Alex Ligertwood, Hans Zermuehlen, Bobby Kimball, Pat Travers, Ed Roth and ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SAMAEL To Perform Live On French National Radio

Switzerland's SAMAEL will perform two songs, "Inch'Allah" and "On Earth", live on French national radio (Europe 2) on January 20 beginning at 5:15 p.m. CET. This will mark the band's first appearance on a mainstream radio program. In other news, SAMAEL have added photos from their 2004 European tour to the gallery section of their ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SCENES To Support CORNERSTONE In Europe

German prog-metallers SCENES, now featuring Alex Koch (ex-SPIRAL TOWER, POWERGOD) on vocals, will support CORNERSTONE (the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White) on several Belgian and German shows beginning in late January. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 28 – Vosselar, BEL @ Biebob Jan. 29 – ...

Read more

Posted in: News

TESTAMENT: 'Seen Between The Lines' DVD Details Revealed

More information has surfaced regarding the upcoming DVD release of TESTAMENT's classic "Seen Between the Lines" band documentary. A fan favorite for over a decade, "Seen Between the Lines" was originally released on VHS in 1991 and has been re-recorded in DVD format to enhance picture clarity and sound quality for today's TESTAMENT followers. "Seen ...

Read more

Posted in: News

RHAPSODY Keyboardist Launches Web Site

RHAPSODY keyboardist Alex Staropoli has launched his official web site at this location. Staropoli, who is currently working on the compositions for his solo CD, commented: "Thanks to all of you who have supported me through the years and to everyone wanting to know more about me and my solo band album, this ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Former DOKKEN Guitarist, LABYRINTH Singer Join Forces In HEADRUSH

HEADRUSH, the Italian hard rock band featuring ex-DOKKEN guitar wizard Alex De Rosso and LABYRINTH singer Roberto Tiranti, will release their debut album in Europe on March 21 via Frontiers Records (in Japan via King Records). The band's inception came about last summer when Alex started to write the material in collaboration with Pat Scalabrino, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SILENT FORCE Guitarist Schedules Japanese Workshop Tour

SILENT FORCE guitarist Alex Beyrodt will be embarking on a Japanese workshop tour in February. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 2-3 - Fukuoka, Kyushu Import Pro Audio Fair, Bayside Place, Hakata 2nd Floor Feb. 04 - Fukuoka-Fukuoka, Fukuoka Musicland Key Feb. 06 - Okinawa-Naha, Okinawa Takara Records Feb. 08 - Kagawa-Takamatsu, Kagawa Hits Feb. ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SAMAEL Complete Work On 'Telepath' Video

The editing of SAMAEL's video for the song "Telepath" is done, according to a press release. Shot in Gothenburg, Sweden before the start of the European tour with directors Roger Johansson and Alex Hansson, the video shows two sides of a personality trying to get in touch with each other. The clip is going to ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist ALEX SKOLNICK: DIMEBAG Was One Of The Best Metal Players Out There

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "I was watching CNN early this morning when they cut to the scene of a conert shooting in Columbus. I was sure it was some local band, then they showed the pictures of Darrell. I ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ATROCITY And LEAVES' EYES Attacked By French Police In Paris

ATROCITY and LEAVES' EYES have issued the following statement regarding a recent incident on the two group's joint European tour: "After their grand finale show of the Atlantis Lovelorn Tour in La Locomotive, Paris, November 28, 2004, the bands experienced an arbitrary infringement by the French police. "Right after crew and band had finished the ...

Read more

Posted in: News

THE MIGHTY NIMBUS Part Ways With Singer

THE MIGHTY NIMBUS, the Minnesota-based group featuring former SIXTY WATT SHAMAN and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY members, have parted with singer Dan Soren due to family issues. For their upcoming February tour with CROWBAR and ENTOMBED, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY guitarist Erik Larson will sing for the band. Larson played guitar on THE MIGHTY NIMBUS' debut record and was ...

Read more

Posted in: News