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MICHAEL DENNER Has Had No Contact With KING DIAMOND And HANK SHERMANN: 'There's Nothing Really To Talk About'

MICHAEL DENNER Has Had No Contact With KING DIAMOND And HANK SHERMANN: 'There's Nothing Really To Talk About'

Michael Denner says that he has no desire to speak with King Diamond and Hank Shermann now that they have decided to exclude him from MERCYFUL FATE‘s upcoming reunion.

When it was announced last month that the influential Danish heavy metal act would reunite for an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020, it was revealed that MERCYFUL FATE‘s lineup for the shows would consist of King on vocals, Hank on guitar, Bjarne T. Holm on drums, Mike Wead on guitar and Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) on bass.

Denner, who was a member of MERCYFUL FATE‘s classic lineup, addressed his absence from the band’s reunion in a brand new interview with Italy’s “Heavy Demons” radio show. He said (hear audio below): “It came as a big shock for me that they left me out. So I haven’t talked to them since. Now there’s nothing really to talk about. Of course, I was disappointed. They left me out, so that’s the end of it, really. I will concentrate on my own stuff now.”

Denner also once again said that he was especially surprised by the fact that Shermann didn’t inform him of MERCYFUL FATE‘s reunion plans, especially considering the fact that they had remained friends, even collaborating on several other projects over the years.

“I’m sad to say, because the two records we did were absolutely brilliant,” he said. “And I had the pleasure to work with the best metal drummer in the world, Snowy Shaw, who’s also one of my closest friends. So that was a big pleasure. And also with the Americans, Sean [Peck] and Marc [Grabowski], who did a marvelous job on [the DENNER/SHERMANN] records. So that was a great experience. But that was the only two records we did. Because there will be nothing more after this. That was the end of it. Sad to say.”

MERCYFUL FATE‘s last studio album, “9”, was released in 1999.

MERCYFUL FATE will be remembered for its unquestionable mark on the history of metal with its innovative sound, complex arrangements, memorable melody, and its influence on bands that later took the genre to new heights.

In 1998, METALLICA paid tribute to MERCYFUL FATE by recording a medley of classic MERCYFUL FATE songs on the album “Garage Inc.” Titled “Mercyful Fate”, the medley included parts from “Satan’s Fall”, “Curse of the Pharaohs”, “A Corpse Without Soul”, “Into the Coven” and “Evil”.

Lars Ulrich of METALLICA (a fellow Dane) played drums on a new version of MERCYFUL FATE‘s “Return of the Vampire” on the “In the Shadows” album, which came out in 1993.

Michael‘s new band DENNER’S INFERNO, will release its debut album, “In Amber”, on November 15 through Mighty Music.

MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen recently announced that he is not taking part in the band’s reunion because he is battling cancer.

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Watch NIRVANA Songs Performed By Choir At KANYE WEST's Wyoming 'Sunday Service'

Watch NIRVANA Songs Performed By Choir At KANYE WEST's Wyoming 'Sunday Service'

Kanye West took his Sunday Service series to Wyoming where he hosted a free and public edition earlier today.

The worship gathering took place at the Powwow Garden outside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody — the town where Kanye recently purchased the $14 million Monster Lake Ranch.

According to TMZ, the choir sang its own renditions of NIRVANA classics “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come As You Are”, mixed in with some traditional prayers.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West previously created an event page on Facebook, which indicated that the Service would feature an 80-person choral group.

The event — which has made stops in various cities like Atlanta, Chicago, and Dayton, Ohio — is usually an exclusive affair; however, the Cody service was advertised as both free and open to the public.

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SEETHER Bassist Marries Longtime Girlfriend

SEETHER Bassist Marries Longtime Girlfriend

SEETHER bassist Dale Stewart married his longtime girlfriend Michelle Thomas on Saturday, September 21 in Savannah, Georgia. SEETHER frontman Shaun Morgan served as best man at the event, while guitarist Corey Lowery was one of the groomsmen.

According to the couple’s page on The Knot wedding web site, “Dale and Michelle met at a SEETHER show in Chicago in September of 2012. He was rocking out and she was in the crowd. In between songs, he asked her to join him for a drink after the concert. She agreed and they hit it off. Now here they are almost seven years later.”

Stewart and Morgan formed SEETHER in South Africa in 1999 under the name SARON GAS. The band released its first album, “Fragile”, in 2000, and eventually caught the attention of American record label Wind-Up Records.

SEETHER has eight albums under its belt, including its most recent, “Poison The Parish”, which came out in 2017.

The band has undergone several lineup changes over the years, with Morgan and Stewart remaining constant.

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NITA STRAUSS Is Working On Her Second Solo Album

NITA STRAUSS Is Working On Her Second Solo Album

Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has revealed to Heavy1 TV that she has already begun working on the follow-up to her first solo album, “Controlled Chaos”, which came out last year.

“I wrote the majority of ‘Controlled Chaos’ while I was on the previous Alice Cooper tour, so I’m falling right back into the pattern of writing my album on days off,” she said (see video below). “I’ve got my Pro Tools rig out here, so I’m just writing and recording. And we’ll do some more clinics, do some more solo touring, do some more touring with Alice, and then I’m hopeful for a second album release in late 2020.”

Asked if she will do any singing on her upcoming LP, Nita said: “No. I want people to enjoy it. So I’m not gonna sing.”

Earlier this year, Nita told the Long Island, New York radio station 94.3 The Shark that she didn’t have any reservations about putting out an album of instrumentals with “Controlled Chaos”.

“Everyone said that I had to put out some tracks with vocals — that was the vast consensus among the people in the industry,” she recalled. “And I have to say I’m really glad that Josh [Villalta, Nita‘s longtime boyfriend and manager] and I stuck to our guns and I put out the album I wanted to make. Maybe I could have made more money if I would have made it more marketable, maybe I could have had more success and [gotten airplay] on bigger radio stations and what have you, but it wouldn’t have been the album I wanted to make.”

The 11-track “Controlled Chaos” was a challenge to Strauss and an opportunity for her to reconnect with what inspired her to start playing guitar when she was just 13 years old.

“I started playing guitar because of instrumental guitar music,” she said. “All my real heroes made instrumental albums. All my own career has been spent playing in bands, but I never forgot that dream of what inspired me to pick up the guitar in the first place.”

“Controlled Chaos” reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 6 on the Hard Rock Albums chart.

Nita‘s live show is mostly instrumental in nature, combining originals with covers.

Strauss has been playing with Alice Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker’s former bass player and WINGER frontman Kip Winger.

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CHEVELLE Is Putting Finishing Touches On 'Melodic' New Album

CHEVELLE Is Putting Finishing Touches On 'Melodic' New Album

CHEVELLE vocalist/guitarist Pete Loeffler spoke to Radioactive MikeZ, host of the 96.7 KCAL-FM program “Wired In The Empire”, about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s new album. The disc was recorded in part this past May at Joe’s House Of Compression studio in Pasadena, California with producer Joe Barresi (KYUSS, MELVINS, THE JESUS LIZARD).

Pete said (hear audio below): “We have eight songs tracked with our buddy Joe Barresi. He started mixing [on September 16], so we’re gonna have finished mixes here in about, probably, 10 days. So we have a few more to do, depending on how many tracks we wanna make it.”

Regarding the musical direction of the new CHEVELLE material, Pete said: “There’s some heavy stuff, there’s some lighter stuff. I hope people dig it; that’s really what I want.

“We went really dark on the last two [albums] — really heavy, more metal. Those singles were, like ‘Rivers’, super screamy. ‘Joyride’, stuff like that,” he continued. “‘Door To Door Cannibals’. It’s personally where I wanted to be and where I like to live on stage. But this record, [Joe] was, like, ‘Let’s try and do some melodic stuff.’ So I went down that road.

“There’s about four songs we’re trying to pick between to be the first single. They’re on the melodic side. There’s one, though, that comes out of the gate heavy as balls. And it’s got a working title called ‘Mars’ right now, and it’s all about this dude that’s jumping on board with Elon Musk and heading there. I’m fascinated with space travel — it’s intoxicating, actually, the more you find out about it — so there’s a lot of that content on this album, lyrically.”

According to Pete, he wrote “about 25 songs” for CHEVELLE‘s new album, but only the aforementioned eight have been recorded so far. “We’re trying to pick only the best to work on,” he explained. “So Barresi kind of came down on me and he was, like, ‘Look, let’s search through these and let’s only do the eight best, and then let’s move on from there.’ He’s a good gauge for me, ’cause this is the fourth album we’ve done with him.”

CHEVELLE‘s latest album, 2016’s “The North Corridor”, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 album chart and produced a No. 1 Mainstream Rock single, “Joyride (Omen)”.

The band’s album of rarities from 2002-2016, “12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides And Rarities”, was released last October via Epic.

On Saturday (September 21), CHEVELLE bassist Dean Bernardini announced that he will “take a break from the road” after completing this year’s shows with his bandmates. He added that he will “continue to work” in music in some form or another while also putting time into his art and furniture business at home.

Bernardini has been with CHEVELLE since 2005, even though 2007’s “Vena Sera” marked his first studio recording with the band.

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