JUAN CROUCIER Says It's 'Inevitable' That RATT Will Record New Music

JUAN CROUCIER Says It's 'Inevitable' That RATT Will Record New Music

RATT singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier have confirmed that the band is planning to release new music in 2020.

“It’s natural for us to, obviously, record,” Croucier said during an appearance on yesterday’s (Tuesday, June 25) edition of “Trunk Nation LA Invasion: Live From The Rainbow Bar & Grill” on SiriusXM. “But [the current version of RATT has] only been together just about a year next month. And at that, we had a little bit of lag time, ’cause Stephen had to get his knee fixed. So we just wanna get the band out there. I think it’s a mutual thing — we wanna get out there and play more shows, get the band in the right condition. And invevitably we’re gonna go ahead and record.”

Added Stephen: “Yeah, we wanna play new music. Whether we release a song or two, and maybe we’ll do a video or some podcast. We’re gonna do something.”

Last month, Pearcy told Sleaze Roxx that he and Juan will be the primary songwriters of any new RATT music. “You know, ‘Lack of Communication’, ‘You’re In Love’ and all these other songs that we co-wrote together, so we’re going to try along those veins for songwriting,” he said. “And we’ll see what happens. I have plenty of ideas. Juan‘s got plenty of ideas and we’ll see what the other guys have to offer down the line.”

RATT‘s current lineup includes Pearcy and Croucier, along with drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK ‘N BLUE) and guitarists Jordan Ziff (RAZER) and Chris Sanders (BRITNY FOX, KNIGHT FURY).

This past January, Pearcy underwent knee surgery. The operation came three months after two disastrous RATT shows that saw the 62-year-old singer incapacitated to the point where he had trouble remembering the words to some of the band’s biggest hits.

Pearcy later apologized to the RATT fans, saying in a statement that he was “dealing with a pain-management issue due to a bad knee.” He added that he “made the critical error of adding alcohol to my pain meds while on stage” at the September concert in Huntington, New York “and it destroyed my performance.”

RATT played its first show of 2019 on May 4 at the Domination México festival in Mexico City.

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HEATHEN In Pre-Production For First Album In A Decade

HEATHEN In Pre-Production For First Album In A Decade

San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans HEATHEN are in the studio working on a new album.

A one-minute video in which vocalist David White and guitarist Kragen Lum reveal that they are in pre-production for the follow-up to “The Evolution Of Chaos” LP can be seen below.

HEATHEN is often credited — alongside EXODUS, TESTAMENT, FORBIDDEN, DEATH ANGEL and VIO-LENCE — with being one of the leaders of the Bay Area thrash metal scene of the mid-to-late 1980s.

Since its 1984 inception, HEATHEN has gone through several lineup changes, leaving guitarist Lee Altus as the only constant member.

To date, HEATHEN has released three studio albums: 1987’s “Breaking the Silence”, 1991’s “Victims Of Deception” and the aforementioned “The Evolution Of Chaos”.

HEATHEN‘s drummer of 25 years, Darren Minter, quit the band in May 2013 “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

Drummer Jon Dette, who has played with ICED EARTH, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT, sat behind the kit for HEATHEN on the San Francisco Bay Area thrash band’s 2013 European tour with GENERATION KILL and DUST BOLT.

HEATHEN in 2012 inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

Altus has been a member of EXODUS since 2005. He joined the group as the replacement for Rick Hunolt, who left EXODUS to concentrate on his family life.

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KORN's JONATHAN DAVIS On 'The Nothing' Album: 'It's A Very Dark Record'

KORN's JONATHAN DAVIS On 'The Nothing' Album: 'It's A Very Dark Record'

Earlier today, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis spoke to Kerrang! magazine about the band’s new album, “The Nothing”, which will be released on September 13 via Roadrunner/Elektra. The follow-up to 2016’s “The Serenity Of Suffering” was once again produced by Nick Raskulinecz and includes the first single, “You’ll Never Find Me”, which was made available this morning.

“It’s a record I’m really, really, really proud of,” Jonathan said (see video below). “I worked really hard on it. The rest of the members worked hard and really did a great job. It’s a very dark record.

“It’s basically me dealing with all the stuff that happened to me last year,” continued the singer, whose estranged wife died last August. “Very emotional for me, but it is what it is. I can’t wait for people to hear it. I really spent a long time on doing what I wanted to do this time. No producers came in. And people trying to get me to do one thing this way or the other way — everybody was overthinking a lot of things — but I finally was fed up with it and kicked everyone out and said, ‘It’ll be done when it’s done.’ And I locked myself up in my studio and spent a long time reflecting and just healing and making my art. And a couple of months later, I came out and it’s done and I just can’t wait for you to hear it. I can’t explain much.”

Elaborating on the lyrical themes covered on “The Nothing”, Davis said: “The whole record is — I wouldn’t say a concept record, but it’s about basically the same thing. All the different songs are about this dark energy that’s followed me around. And with all the things that were going on last year, me embracing it, running from it, just trying to navigate myself through all the chaos that I was having at that time.”

Asked what creating “The Nothing” was like in terms of the healing process for him and everything he was going through, Jonathan said: “It sucked. I’m not gonna say it didn’t. It was just really hard. But that’s how I’ve always dealt with all my problems — just throwing my heart and soul into my art. And I went through it, and it was very hard — there were some emotional times — but it was nice just being alone by myself with my engineer. That was it; it was just the two of us in the studio. On the last couple of records, I had my kids there, and I was just all over the place. This time, I could really concentrate and do what I had to do and get out what I needed to get out.”

Speaking about the musical direction of “The Nothing” compared to some of KORN‘s previous records, Davis said: “It’s just a different beast. This time, the band really brought it — they did really cool things, fresh-sounding stuff. I think the biggest difference is what I did vocally on it. I wasn’t in a hurry; I wasn’t in a rush to get stuff done. I didn’t settle. I had time. I’d record something and I’d take it home and listen and go, ‘Ehhh. I don’t know.’ But it was just me finding myself. I wasn’t listening to producers or other people having their opinions. It was just my thing. And then sometimes I’d be more critical than a producer, but I had that luxury at the time.”

“The Nothing” is available to preorder now via KORN‘s official web site. Included is a limited-edition bundle that contains an autographed copy of the new album on CD or vinyl, a t-shirt, a mirrorboard lithograph print, a bag of Korn Koffee Wired Roast and a Korn Koffee tumbler.

KORN and ALICE IN CHAINS will embark on a co-headline amphitheater tour across North America this summer. UNDEROATH will join as special guest on all dates, with HO99O9 and FEVER 333 opening on select dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 30-city outing will kick off July 18 in Del Valle, Texas at Austin360 Amphitheatre and make stops in Dallas, Nashville, Toronto, Denver and more before wrapping September 4 in Mountain View, California at Shoreline Amphitheatre.


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KING DIAMOND Performs New Song, 'Masquerade Of Madness', At GRASPOP METAL MEETING (Video)

KING DIAMOND Performs New Song, 'Masquerade Of Madness', At GRASPOP METAL MEETING (Video)

KING DIAMOND played a brand new song, “Masquerade Of Madness”, live for the second time during its June 22 concert at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

This past March, King Diamond told Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show that the next album from his namesake band will be “absolutely gruesome. The storyline is… well, it’s in a way where I can’t even put it into just one album,” he said. “So, it has to be over two albums. And it’s really planned out to work in a very special way with the show as well. So the show is being built right now in Denmark and it’s built around that story, so that it really can go hand in hand. Right now, I already know how the production will develop for the next tour, after this tour, so that when we do part two of that story, I know how the whole thing ends, of course, already, and I know how the production is gonna change and how it’s gonna be culminating in one very, very big thing. So it’s a long project, several years. Actually, the next three years are gonna be very, very intense for us. There is a lot of things that is in the planning. Also, after we signed up with 5B [artist] management, a lot of good stuff is coming out of that, piece by piece. We are getting a plan that is gonna be amazing for our fans for the next three years — something that’s gonna come that they would not expect, I think. So some very, very cool prospects.

“[The album] has something to do with parallel worlds and punishment, and other stuff like that. You’ll see us torture our dear little Abigail on stage. It’s part of the story; you’ll see it. But it’s great to be here enjoying life. And [my son] Byron, it’s been almost two years now [since he was born], and it’s incredible. But it hasn’t changed me very much when it comes to what I stand for and the stories that’s coming and the musical style that’s coming. It’s total, utter KING DIAMOND.”

KING DIAMOND‘s next album is said to be a story set in a 1920s mental institution. “I chose that because I think it’s a very creepy scenario,” King told Full Metal Jackie. “And the thing is that I know that somebody has talked about that, but that’s not the setting, actually. There’s a lot of other things involved, but the setting looks as if it was a 1920s asylum — that’s exactly what it looks like. And some of the things that go on that we’re gonna show onstage is also things that certainly was going on back then, when medicine was beginning to take a beneficial turn in history and actually being able to help human beings live longer. But there was some experimentation going on, too, that was absolutely gruesome. Some of that is involved in the story, but it’s something totally different. Once you get to the second part of the story, you will begin to suddenly understand that, ‘What the hell is going on here? What is this really about?’ Cause there’s a whole different story that will not come to you till second part. But in the first part, you’re gonna get to know a lot people at a certain place.

“Instead of telling the story — it’s way too much — but it does take place, I won’t say where, what it’s called, because that’s the title of the album and I won’t let that out yet. But some of it takes place here, this world, and some of it takes place in a parallel world. And there’s a correlation between what happened to me and what happens to some people in this place and where they suddenly appear. And you will find out why they are there, how they appear there and the places down the road. I won’t say too much right now, but it’s gonna be very creepy.”

KING DIAMOND received a Grammy nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for the track “Never Ending Hill” off the band’s last album, 2007’s “Give Me Your Soul … Please”.

“Give Me Your Soul … Please” sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.

KING DIAMOND released a DVD/Blu-ray, “Songs For The Dead Live”, on January 25 via Metal Blade Records. The set captures 1987’s seminal “Abigail” album in its entirety, twice, and in very different locales: Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015. The performances feature KING DIAMOND‘s current band, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson.

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