Alice Cooper Scares the Daylights Out of Cleveland: Photo Gallery

Alice Cooper Scares the Daylights Out of Cleveland: Photo Gallery

Sunlight didn’t stop rocker from delivering thrills and chills at his most recent stop on the Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back tour.

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HELLYEAH Guitarist Says VINNIE PAUL 'Would Have Really Loved' New Album 'Welcome Home'

HELLYEAH Guitarist Says VINNIE PAUL 'Would Have Really Loved' New Album 'Welcome Home'

The second in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of HELLYEAH‘s sixth studio album, “Welcome Home”, can be seen below. The disc will be released on Friday, September 27 via Eleven Seven Music.

Speaking about the early sessions for the LP, HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell said: “We kind of just went and jumped right into it right away. We first went out there [to the studio in Las Vegas] and sat with [producer] Kevin [Churko] and knocked out six songs musically in about two weeks — just kind of setting up the basic stuff. And then we had to take a break — we took a long break — and we wound up going to Texas to finish writing. And then went into the studio to finish the last six songs. And Chad [Gray, vocals] started doing some vocal tracks; I think he did maybe two or three songs. And we got that phone call that Vinnie [Paul Abbott, drums] had passed away, which wasn’t real — but it was.”

According to Maxwell, Vinnie‘s death came as a complete surprise to his bandmates, who wanted to honor the former PANTERA drummer by completing his final work.

“The record was completely ‘out of sight, out of mind’ at that point,” the guitarist said. “We were dealing with the shock of him passing. And we realized that all his drum tracks were finished — everything — which was pretty surreal of him to… ‘Cause we realized that he left it for us to finish. And we wound up going back to Vegas, which was really hard to do — we were still just reeling from the funeral and just losing him. But we managed to get through it and finish the guitars and bass tracks, and then Chad went in there and literally was left to his own devices to fix this record. Yeah, so that was rough, and listening to it now completed, it’s shame, because Vinnie would have really loved this record; he would have been super proud of it.”

Vinnie Paul died in June 2018 at the age of 54 in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. The official cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease.

HELLYEAH‘s May 11 concert in Las Vegas marked the first time the band has taken the stage since Vinnie‘s passing and the debut of STONE SOUR member Roy Mayorga as Vinnie‘s replacement.

HELLYEAH‘s 18-city headlining summer outing will kick off on Tuesday, July 23 in Atlanta, and will culminate in a special celebration on Saturday, August 17 in Dallas, Texas.

Although it won’t be easy for HELLYEAH to hit the road in support of “Welcome Home”, Maxwell knows that Abbott would have wanted the group to carry on and properly promote the disc.

“I guess it’s just a part of trying to get by and trying to literally swallow the pain, put it in the pit of your stomach and just move forward as best we can,” Tom explained. “And that’s what we’re gonna do. Whether we want it to, or whether we’re ready or not, this record is coming out, and we have to represent the record; we have to show honor toward Vince and we have to do the right thing.”


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HELLYEAH Guitarist Says VINNIE PAUL 'Would Have Really Loved' New Album 'Welcome Home'

HELLYEAH Guitarist Says VINNIE PAUL 'Would Have Really Loved' New Album 'Welcome Home'
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The second in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of HELLYEAH‘s sixth studio album, “Welcome Home”, can be seen below. The disc will be released on Friday, September 27 via Eleven Seven Music.

Speaking about the early sessions for the LP, HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell said: “We kind of just went and jumped right into it right away. We first went out there [to the studio in Las Vegas] and sat with [producer] Kevin [Churko] and knocked out six songs musically in about two weeks — just kind of setting up the basic stuff. And then we had to take a break — we took a long break — and we wound up going to Texas to finish writing. And then went into the studio to finish the last six songs. And Chad [Gray, vocals] started doing some vocal tracks; I think he did maybe two or three songs. And we got that phone call that Vinnie [Paul Abbott, drums] had passed away, which wasn’t real — but it was.”

According to Maxwell, Vinnie‘s death came as a complete surprise to his bandmates, who wanted to honor the former PANTERA drummer by completing his final work.

“The record was completely ‘out of sight, out of mind’ at that point,” the guitarist said. “We were dealing with the shock of him passing. And we realized that all his drum tracks were finished — everything — which was pretty surreal of him to… ‘Cause we realized that he left it for us to finish. And we wound up going back to Vegas, which was really hard to do — we were still just reeling from the funeral and just losing him. But we managed to get through it and finish the guitars and bass tracks, and then Chad went in there and literally was left to his own devices to fix this record. Yeah, so that was rough, and listening to it now completed, it’s shame, because Vinnie would have really loved this record; he would have been super proud of it.”

Vinnie Paul died in June 2018 at the age of 54 in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. The official cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease.

HELLYEAH‘s May 11 concert in Las Vegas marked the first time the band has taken the stage since Vinnie‘s passing and the debut of STONE SOUR member Roy Mayorga as Vinnie‘s replacement.

HELLYEAH‘s 18-city headlining summer outing will kick off on Tuesday, July 23 in Atlanta, and will culminate in a special celebration on Saturday, August 17 in Dallas, Texas.

Although it won’t be easy for HELLYEAH to hit the road in support of “Welcome Home”, Maxwell knows that Abbott would have wanted the group to carry on and properly promote the disc.

“I guess it’s just a part of trying to get by and trying to literally swallow the pain, put it in the pit of your stomach and just move forward as best we can,” Tom explained. “And that’s what we’re gonna do. Whether we want it to, or whether we’re ready or not, this record is coming out, and we have to represent the record; we have to show honor toward Vince and we have to do the right thing.”


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METAL CHURCH Cancels Shows In Toronto, Montreal Due To 'Family Health Issues'

METAL CHURCH Cancels Shows In Toronto, Montreal Due To 'Family Health Issues'

METAL CHURCH has been forced to cancel its previously announced shows in Canada. The band was scheduled to play the Rockpile in Toronto, Ontario on July 26, and at the Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal, Quebec on July 27.

METAL CHURCH singer Mike Howe and guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said in a statement: “To all of our METAL CHURCH fans in Canada, we are saddened to announce the cancellation our shows in Toronto and Montreal due to family health issues. We hope that you understand and hope to make it up to you in the not-so-distant future. Peace and love.”

METAL CHURCH is continuing to tour in support of its 12th full-length studio album, “Damned If You Do”, which came out last December via Rat Pak Records. The latest release is the follow-up to 2016’s “XI”, which saw the return of Howe.

“Damned If You Do” also features Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P., LITA FORD), who joined METAL CHURCH as the replacement for longtime drummer Jeff Plate. Soon after hooking up with the group, Stet was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Miraculously, his treatments for the aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma worked and he was able to begin recording the new album.

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Teases 'I Am Broken Too' Single

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Teases 'I Am Broken Too' Single

“I Am Broken Too”, the new single from Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, will be made available tomorrow (Tuesday, July 16). A teaser for the track is available below.

“I Am Broken Too” is taken from KILLSWITCH ENGAGEs’ new album, “Atonement”, which will be released on August 16 via Metal Blade Records in the U.S. and Sony Music Entertainment in the rest of the world.

“Atonement” is the culmination of a trying and turbulent two-year period. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE started kicking around ideas for the album as early as 2017. The band recorded the bulk of the material separately on both coasts. However, in the middle of the process, a polyp developed scar tissue in singer Jesse Leach‘s throat, forcing him to undergo surgery. The intense three-month recovery ended with speech therapy, vocal therapy, and scream therapy. The band ultimately emerged with an album that is further evidence of their undeniable legacy as one of the most enduring metal bands of the last two decades and beyond.

The elaborate illustration on the “Atonement” album cover was created by none other than talented U.K.-based artist Richey Beckett (METALLICA, MASTODON) with the band’s own Mike D’Antonio handling art direction and layout duties.

“Atonement” features guest appearances by the band’s former lead singer Howard Jones and TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy. It marks the band’s third full-length release since the return of Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012.

“Atonement” track listing:

01. Unleashed
02. The Signal Fire (feat. Howard Jones)
03. Us Against The World
04. The Crownless King (feat. Chuck Billy)
05. I Am Broken Too
06. As Sure As The Sun Will Rise
07. Know Your Enemy
08. Take Control
09. Ravenous
10. I Can’t Be The Only One
11. Bite The Hand That Feeds

Leach recently said that he “wouldn’t change a thing” about the follow-up to 2016’s “Incarnate”. “At first, I was a bit crestfallen that a few songs I truly loved didn’t make the cut,” he wrote on Instagram. “Now after time has passed (and I’ve not listened to it for a while), I listened with fresh ears today. I gotta say I am quite satisfied! The messages, the tones, the track listing order, the artwork, the overall feel of this album, it just feels fresh!

“I feel there is something for everyone on this one. It captures the wide range of styles and topics that are part of our history as a band as well as pushing things just a touch. It is a pretty amazing feeling as a very picky and perpetually unsatisfied (and fairly insecure) artist to feel accomplished.”

Leach appeared on KILLSWITCH‘s self-titled debut and sophomore album, “Alive Or Just Breathing”, before exiting the band. Jones took over on vocals for “The End Of Heartache”, “As Daylight Dies” and the 2009 self-titled set before being dismissed from the group seven years ago.

“Incarnate” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 35,000 equivalent album units. In terms of pure album sales, it opened with 33,000 copies.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE‘s last release was the “Beyond The Flames: Home Video Part II” two-disc, Blu-ray and CD package.


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