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SKILLET's JOHN COOPER Says His 'Jesus Freak' Mother Felt That Rock Music Was 'The Biggest Tool Of The Devil'

In a new interview with "The Dr. Jeff Show", John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, spoke about his musical upbringing and his introduction to rock music. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "My parents were Christians. My mom was a fanatical Jesus freak, all right? A fanatical Jesus ...

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TED NUGENT Once Again Denies Benefit Of Wearing Masks, Questions Efficacy Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Ted Nugent has once again denied the benefit of wearing masks and questioned the efficacy of vaccines while also repeating false claims about voter fraud in last year's presidential election. The outspoken conservative rocker made his latest comments in a Facebook Live stream on Friday (April 2). While praising the exuberance and enthusiasm of his ...

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FEAR FACTORY: Riff Teaser From Upcoming Album

FEAR FACTORY will release its first new song in over five years on Friday, April 16. The track is expected to appear on the band's upcoming album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records. A short riff teaser from the new FEAR FACTORY LP, courtesy of the band's guitarist Dino Cazares, is available ...

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SERJ TANKIAN Refuses To Shut Up About Politics

Serj Tankian has defended his right to speak out on political issues. The SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman, who is currently promoting a new documentary about his life and activist work, discussed his decision to publicly express his political views in a new interview with Brazil's G1. Asked how he responds to criticism from SYSTEM ...

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HELLOWEEN Releases Music Video For New Single 'Skyfall'

The reunited expanded classic lineup of German power metallers HELLOWEEN will release its much-anticipated album on June 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. The official music video for the disc's first single, "Skyfall", can be seen below. The cover artwork for "Helloween", which can be seen below, was painted by artist Eliran Kantor, who has previously ...

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ALEXI LAIHO's Bandmate DANIEL FREYBERG On Late CHILDREN OF BODOM Frontman's Legacy: 'He Created His Own Sound, His Own Style'

Alexi Laiho's CHILDREN OF BODOM and BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT bandmate Daniel Freyberg has paid tribute to the late guitarist/vocalist, saying he was "a very charismatic frontman" who "created his own sound" and "style." Freyberg, who played with NAILDOWN and NORTHER before joining CHILDREN OF BODOM in 2016, discussed his late bandmate in a new interview ...

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AS I LAY DYING's PHIL SGROSSO Launches Solo Project APATHIAN

San Diego can add a new player to the ranks of modern progressive metal with the release of APATHIAN's first single "Micro". The brainchild of multi-faceted guitarist Phil Sgrosso of AS I LAY DYING and SAOSIN, APATHIAN is an independently released solo project, created during the COVID-19 lockdown, which also challenged Phil's creative process by ...

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Interviews KISS's PAUL STANLEY For SiriusXM's 'Never Meet Your Heroes'

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian interviewed KISS frontman Paul Stanley for an all-new episode of Ian's show "Never Meet Your Heroes", which airs on Volume, SiriusXM's 24/7 talk radio channel dedicated to music. A two-minute snippet from the chat is available below. "Never Meet Your Heroes" sees Ian interviewing his celebrity idols and musical influences about ...

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BUTCHER BABIES Release Another New Song, 'Last Dance'

BUTCHER BABIES have released their latest single, "Last Dance". The song was produced and co-written by Matt Good (FROM FIRST TO LAST). It is the fourth taste of the band's forthcoming EP, tentatively due later this year. BUTCHER BABIES previously released the tracks "Bottom Of A Bottle", "Sleeping With The Enemy" and "Yorktown", all of ...

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NAPALM DEATH Signs New Deal With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

U.K. grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have signed a new deal with Century Media Records, extending the long-running co-operation between the parties once more. NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway commented: "Very happy to let people know that we have put pen to paper and taken the plunge with Century Media again. Crucial to NAPALM DEATH ...

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ATREYU's BRANDON SALLER Explains How Collaboration With TRAVIS BARKER On 'Warrior' Came About

ATREYU's Brandon Saller spoke to Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station about the band's new song "Warrior", which features a guest appearance by BLINK-182 drummer Travis Barker. The track is taken from ATREYU's upcoming album, "Baptize", which is due on June 4 via Spinefarm Records. Regarding how the Barker collaboration came about, Brandon said (as ...

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