LAMB OF GOD Drummer Is 'Beyond Disgusted' By No-Jail Sentence In Alaska Assault Case

LAMB OF GOD Drummer Is 'Beyond Disgusted' By No-Jail Sentence In Alaska Assault Case

LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler says that it’s “beyond disgusting” that an Alaska man was allowed to escape jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman who said he strangled her unconscious and sexually assaulted her.

Justin Schneider, 34, was accused of kidnapping and assaulting the woman in the August 2017 incident, strangling her until she lost consciousness and then masturbating on her. He was convicted on four felony charges — including kidnapping and assault — and a misdemeanor charge, but walked out of court with no prison sentence after striking a deal with the state.

In exchange for pleading guilty to a single felony assault charge, Schneider was given a two-year jail sentence with one year suspended. He faces no additional jail time because he received credit for time served while wearing an ankle monitor and living with his family.

Earlier today, Adler posted a link to a CNN story about Schneider‘s guilty plea and included the following message:

“I read the news today, oh boy!

“I’m incapable of silence. This cannot be true. This cannot be real.

“For this to be true, I am alive in a world that does not deserve me.

“I have a daughter. I have an incredibly strong and respectful relationship with her mother. I have a loving relationship with a woman that makes me a better person 25 hours a day and 8 days a week.

“This is beyond disgusting and has tipped the scales for me.

“When we turn away from what’s ugly because it doesn’t impact our present, we fuel evil.

“This is not okay!

“I’d like to petition the Anchorage court to allow me 30 minutes in an unsupervised room with Justin Schneider.

“I’d appreciate another 30 minutes with the judge.

“Love and respect are all we have. How can this exist?”

Adler was forced to sit out some of LAMB OF GOD‘s shows earlier this summer because he was undergoing physical and occupational therapy for injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident late last year.

In addition to LAMB OF GOD, Adler has played drums with a number of metal artists, including MEGADETH, NITRO, BLOTTED SCIENCE and PROTEST THE HERO.

I read the news today, oh boy!

I’m incapable of silence. This can not be true. This can not be real.

For this to be…

Posted by Chris Adler on Saturday, September 22, 2018

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WESTFIELD MASSACRE: 'Your Salvation' Video Released

WESTFIELD MASSACRE: 'Your Salvation' Video Released

WESTFIELD MASSACRE has released another new song, “Your Salvation”, from its forthcoming sophomore album, “Salvation”. “Your Salvation” marks the third official single from the disc and is accompanied by a full-feature music video directed by Ron Underwood. The song and video are based on the band’s real-life experiences of losing close friends and family members to drug and opioid use.

In addition to the single, pre-orders for “Salvation” are now available. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes will instantly receive the WESTFIELD MASSACRE tracks “Famine”, “Love To Hate”, “Your Salvation” and the additional bonus single “Taking The Fall”. The remaining songs on the album will become available when “Salvation” is officially released by Nerve Strike Records on October 26.

“Salvation” track listing:

01. Empyreal Light
02. Famine
03. Taking The Fall
04. Love To Hate
05. Your Salvation
06. Devil You Made
07. Constant Silence
08. Masquerade
09. Chemicals
10. All The Fallen

“Salvation” was mixed and mastered at The Mouse House Studio in Altadena, California by veteran producer/engineer Rich Mouser, known for his work with Robert Trujillo (METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE), Chris Vrenna (MARILYN MANSON, NINE INCH NAILS, TWEAKER), Chris Cornell, WEEZER and DREAM THEATER.

Seann Nicols (formerly of ADLER’S APPETITE, QUIET RIOT, Bobby Blotzer‘s RATT) took over as the lead vocalist for WESTFIELD MASSACRE in June 2017 when the band parted ways with Tommy Vext (ex-SNOT, DIVINE HERESY), who currently sings for BAD WOLVES. Rounding out WESTFIELD MASSACRE‘s current lineup are Stephen Brewer on guitar, Erik Tisinger (ex-OTEP) on bass, Dio Britto on drums, and Luis Kalil on guitar.

WESTFIELD MASSACRE has a sound that can be described as a bridge between modern American and European metal. With aggressive growls, high soaring vocal melodies, impossibly fast drums, classically inspired passages and harmonized guitar leads, WESTFIELD MASSACRE aims to make their modern metal accessible to fans of all music genres.

WESTFIELD MASSACRE‘s self-titled debut album was released in April 2016 on Urban Yeti Records. The album made it to No. 3 on iTunes Metal chart and debuted at No. 14 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart, where it stayed in the Top 20 for several weeks. The band has toured with SEVENDUST, TRIVIUM and CANDIRIA and also performed at festivals, including Ozzfest Meets Knotfest and Dirtfest.

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SHINEDOWN Guitarist Recalls Group's 'Some Kind Of Monster' Moment

SHINEDOWN Guitarist Recalls Group's 'Some Kind Of Monster' Moment

SHINEDOWN guitarist Zach Myers recently spoke with Two Doods Reviews. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the group’s new single, “Get Up”, the lyrics for which were inspired by bassist Eric Bass‘s battles with depression:

Zach: “We started writing the same way that we always do, and then basically, when ‘Get Up’ happened, it kind of opened up this floodgate. SHINEDOWN songs are always incredibly honest, and that’s something we pride ourselves on, but in the same breath, I don’t know if we had ever written a song this open wound-ish, I would say, about ourselves and about Eric and someone this close to the band. We always write about ourselves, but this felt different. It felt personal in a way to where you were giving up your ambiguity of who you are personally. You always try to make yourself feel invincible in certain ways, but with this, once the lyrics came out, it really felt like it was okay to write about everything. I think this was kind of a starting point of where the record ended up going… Everybody in the band has something that we have to get up from. Not to be cheesy about it, but it’s the truth. I think that’s kind of where the song came from, and that kind of got the album set on a path where it ended up.”

On vocalist Brent Smith‘s past struggles:

Zach: “He had put on weight in 2008, and all throughout 2010, he was drinking really bad at that point. For us to get through it, it was weird — it was our biggest record, but we weren’t doing the biggest business that we were doing at the time. That’s kind of where we are now. It’s very odd that that’s the way it happened, but in the time that it was happening, it all felt good. The darkness for me was in 2006, 2007. 2008 to 2010, he was drinking a lot, and it was a little rough on us because it was kind of watching this thing happen — you’re watching the car crash in slow motion. Once ‘Amaryllis’ happened… ‘Amaryllis’ was a very dark making of that record, which is [why] a lot of us don’t really talk about that much. The making of that record was not fun for anyone involved. It’s such a weird place to be. People say great suffering makes great art, but I wish it didn’t have to be that way. Before the ‘Amaryllis’ tour, we were going to sit down and have, like, a 30-minute meeting. We were on our way to rehearsals and we were going to have a 30-minute meeting, and it ended up being, like, a six-hour meeting. It was this kind of METALLICA, ‘Some Kind Of Monster’, us just kind of like letting everything out and crying and screaming at each other. It was very deep and reflective. It was never malicious… sometimes when you have conversations like that, what will happen is you’ll say something about somebody, and then they’ll have to come back and go, ‘Well, you do this.’ It wasn’t like that — everybody let people say what they had to say, and then they had their turn to say stuff that they needed to say to you. I think that really was the catalyst. After that, it’s been smooth sailing ever since.”

On the most difficult aspect of being a touring musician:

Zach: “Being alone is one of those things… it’s really good in our band, because we’re at a level now that if we wanted to have our own buses, we easily could. The four of us have always rode together, probably always well. We just really like it — it probably keeps it less lonely. We get along — we really like being around each other, but that doesn’t change the fact that we have kids and we have wives. Right now, for me, it’s rough, because I have a two-month-old, so my wife’s not coming out on the road. When she does, though, I’ll get my own bus and we’ll have a family bus, and it’s really fun. Brent will come over and ride my bus, or he’s brought out a bus before with his son. [Drummer] Barry‘s [Kerch] family was just out; Eric‘s wife was just out. Those are the things that you miss. Watching Barry‘s family come out for two days and then him have to say goodbye to them… he’s got a seven-year-old daughter. Those things are rough, but at the same time, we know why we’re doing this. We have fun out here. My wife talks me off the ledge a lot. I’ll be really, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ My wife’s [like], ‘Listen, you know you’re doing this because a, you love it, and b, you’re taking care of your family.’ She’s a saint, so it helps me out a lot.”

On bands “finding themselves”:

Zach: “It sometimes takes a couple records. I think that we were a completely different band on ‘Sound Of Madness’ than we were on the first two records. I think ‘Sound Of Madness’ was when we broke through and found what we were supposed to be doing.”

SHINEDOWN‘s sixth studio album, “Attention Attention”, was released May 4 via Atlantic Records. The follow-up to 2015’s “Threat To Survival” marks the band’s first full-length effort to be produced entirely by Bass.

SHINEDOWN is currently in the midst co-headlining U.S. tour with GODSMACK. The band will then kick off a European tour on October 29.

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GRAHAM BONNET On The Original MONSTERS OF ROCK Festival: 'It Was The Most Incredible Night'

GRAHAM BONNET On The Original MONSTERS OF ROCK Festival: 'It Was The Most Incredible Night'

Prior to his performance at the United Kingdom’s Stonedeaf festival on August 25, legendary rock vocalist Graham Bonnet (ALCATRAZZ, RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) spoke with Mighty Matt Mason of TotalRock Radio. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On playing Stonedeaf, which paid homage to the Monsters Of Rock festival — the initial year of which was headlined by RAINBOW:

Graham: “We’ve gone full circle. I used to play little, tiny clubs as a kid, and suddenly I find myself playing stadiums and big theaters with RAINBOW. Now suddenly, we’re playing little clubs again. But everybody’s doing that, and it’s kind of a good thing because some of the clubs are really great. This is kind of weird — how many years ago was that? It was something I’ll never forget. My family was there, my friends from school. It was the most incredible night. I’ll always remember it.”

On the importance of touring in the modern music business:

Graham: “We play where we have to, because things have changed now. We all know that people don’t buy CDs anymore, and the only way to get the music across to the people is to play live, so that’s what we do.”

On his first single, THE MARBLES‘ 1968 release “Only One Woman”:

Graham: “THE BEE GEES wrote the song for us. It’s kind of like a bluesy, R&B song. That’s when my career sort of started. We did very well. My brother had a bet with me — Joe Cocker had ‘A Little Help From My Friends’ out at the time, and he said, ‘I think he’s going to get to the top of the chart before you do.’ He was right, unfortunately.”

On his longevity:

Graham: “I always get a round of applause when I tell people how old I am. They can see how old I am, but it’s kind of funny to say I’m coming up to my 71st birthday. [They ask], ‘How do you sing like that?’ It’s a matter of resting and not talking too much, keep your voice in shape, sleep as much as you can. I just drink water — that’s about it. I don’t drink booze anymore. Just keep it lubricated — my voice, I mean. I get asked by a lot of singers, by young people — ‘How do you keep your voice in shape?’ I don’t practice any kind of voice exercises or anything, really. I just go on there and hope it’s going to be there. I don’t know if that’s talent or just stupidity.”


Graham: “I still live in Los Angeles. Beth-Ami [Heavenstone], our bass player, and I live together. We started this band, the two of us, about three years ago. It’s been kind of cool. We’ve had a couple of people — different guitar players and different drummers — but I think now, we have the right lineup. We just put out the album called ‘Meanwhile, Back In The Garage’, which is kind of a little hint to my past and everybody else’s who’s ever been in a band, and everybody used to rehearse in the garage. We still do. I recorded it in the garage, this album — some of it.”

“Meanwhile, Back In The Garage” came out on July 13 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc offers 13 new songs where Bonnet lays down his inimitable vocals over a selection of tunes full of great hooks and melodies. It includes a bonus live DVD captured at a “Live From Daryl’s House” performance in early 2018.

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DEEN CASTRONOVO Says NEAL SCHON Is Considering 'Journey Through Time' Tour Next Year During Break From JOURNEY

DEEN CASTRONOVO Says NEAL SCHON Is Considering 'Journey Through Time' Tour Next Year During Break From JOURNEY

Veteran drummer Deen Castronovo (THE DEAD DAISIES, JOURNEY, REVOLUTION SAINTS) recently spoke with “The Blaring Out With Eric Blair Show”. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On working with John Waite in BAD ENGLISH:

Deen: “Professional, just very professional. He did what he was supposed to do. He sang his butt off every night. It was a joy to work with him. I was very honored to work with him. Very, very to the point — he always knows what he wants, and he delivers.”

On his memories of the group:

Deen: “It was always teetering [on] exploding for some reason, but that’s what made the band work. There was so much tension, but then we came together, and we brought that tension on stage or on the records, and it came out great.”

On Ozzy Osbourne‘s 1995 album “Ozzmosis”:

Deen: “For that, it was me, Geezer [Butler], Zakk [Wylde]. Rick [Wakeman], I never saw until later — he actually did the keyboards later. We were in the studio in Paris. It took us a month to get drum sounds, which is crazy in my book, but we got an amazing drum sound, and we nailed the songs. We got the stuff done pretty quickly. It was an amazing project. Working with Geezer and Zakk, Zakk‘s an animal — a monster player — and Geezer‘s one of the best bass players I’ve ever had the honor to work with. It was pretty cool, man. I think there’s some great moments on that record, especially the stuff that Zakk wrote. The songs that Zakk wrote definitely, to me, they’ve got the most crunch to them. It’s definitely Ozzy Osbourne when you hear Zakk playing those songs.”

On SOCIAL DISTORTION‘s 1996 album “White Light, White Heat, White Trash”:

Deen: “That record, I did as a favor to [producer] Michael [Beinhorn]. He was like, ‘Man, I don’t have a lot of money to do this. Would you do this? I’ll make it up to you on another record.’ I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t care — it’s SOCIAL D. I would love to do it.’ I went in; they played the demos for me; and I said, ‘I can do this. It’d be no problem.’ We did most of the songs in one or two takes, and I remember Mike Ness going, ‘How were you able to adapt to our style, our sound?’ I’m like, ‘Dude, you guys are SOCIAL D — you just go in there, on your mark, get set, go.’ It’s just a great, great punk band. It was fantastic to work with them.”

On what he learned from working with Geezer Butler and playing with GZR:

Deen: “I learned how to just go balls-out. It was great. When we did that record, the first song that recorded, we got it in one take. I think it was ‘House Of Clouds’. We came downstairs with Paul Northfield, our producer, and Geezer‘s sitting there on a couch. I’m like, ‘Oh God, he hates it. What are we going to do?’ We go, ‘Geez, is it alright?’ He puts his hands up and he’s smiling and he goes, ‘It’s amazing.’ It was the greatest thing.”

On how playing with JOURNEY changed him:

Deen: “I learned how to play for the song and to play as a team and remember that the song is the most important thing. I got to work with Jonathan [Cain] again and Neal [Schon], and it was like going home. I’ve known those guys since BAD ENGLISH, since I was 23. To be able to be 17 years in that band, it’s a dream come true. I’d pinch myself. There’d be times I’d be walking with my drum tech in an arena and I’d just stop and go, ‘Dude, I play for JOURNEY.’ It was a cool thing, and I’m very, very grateful that they gave me that opportunity.”

On singing two songs on JOURNEY‘s 2005 album “Generations”:

Deen: “I listen back now and I cringe. I could have done better, you know – my first time singing on a record lead like that. It was kind of scary, but for me, I learned how to sing for the first time with a band as a lead singer. I’d never done that. I got more comfortable and got better as the time [passed] to where now, with REVOLUTION SAINTS… I’m definitely not Steve Perry. I’m definitely not Jeff Scott Soto or even Arnel Pineda, but I love what I do and I do the best I can. I’m a drummer that happens to sing. I’m not a lead singer. For me, drums are my most important thing. If I can sing — and I’m doing backgrounds with THE DEAD DAISIES — I love that. John [Corabi]’s such a great singer, he doesn’t need any help. With JOURNEY, I was able to sing two or three songs [live] to be able to give Arnel a break. I would never want to be a frontman. I could never be a frontman. That’s scary, dude. If I’m going to sing, I want those drums around me. I want that protection.”

On whether he misses being in JOURNEY:

Deen: “Totally. I miss the music; I miss my brothers. Of course. The touring was amazing. The band, the music, was amazing. I’m just grateful to be back playing. I never thought I’d play again, so being back and playing again and in the trenches is a great thing. But I miss playing those songs. I will always miss it. It was a big, big opportunity for me.”

On reconnecting with Schon for “Journey Through Time”, a 2017 benefit concert for California wildfire victims:

Deen: “Incredible. When he called me to do it, I was, like, ‘Of course I will.’ Now we’re talking about going out on the road next year doing it. JOURNEY‘s taking a year off, so Neal‘s, like, ‘Let’s go on the road with this band.’ We’re going to call it NEAL SCHON’S JOURNEY THROUGH TIME. We’re going to do the older stuff, like the first four records, and the stuff that Gregg Rolie and Steve Perry used to do. I’ll play drums and sing the stuff.”

On REVOLUTION SAINTS, his project with Doug Aldrich and Jack Blades:

Deen: “The only thing I didn’t like about that was the songs weren’t written by us. That’s the bummer. It was written by Alessandro [Del Vecchio], the producer, so we did what we were ‘told to do’ by the label. I’d never sung lead on an entire record before, so I had to have Alessandro help me — it’s like, ‘I don’t know where to even start.’ We’ve done two records now and we’re talking about doing a third one. I’d like to tour, but who knows if we will? Jack‘s so busy with NIGHT RANGER, it’s going to be tough. I think on this third record that we’re talking about doing, we already kind of said, number one, Jack needs to sing more. I don’t want to be the full lead singer. I think it should be a trade-off type of a thing. And we need to write — we need to write the songs. It’s really important. As much as I love Alessandro‘s writing, it’s great stuff, but it’s not us. We need to put ourselves in it, and we didn’t really get a chance to do that on both those records.”

On religion and sobriety:

Deen: “I gave my life to Christ back in 1987. Getting sober again three and a half years ago, I just clung right back to Christ. That’s the only way I could get through it. Thank God for my wife Deidre here, who helped me through it. She saved my life. I still serve God very heavily. I don’t have the greatest mouth in the world — I can be a potty mouth — but you walk with love and respect and treat everybody with love and kindness. For me, that’s the most important thing… Being in this industry, and being around the drugs and the alcohol that are prevalent, you’ve got to have something to hold onto. For me, that’s a huge thing. I need that. I’m in my prayer closet doing my prayers… because if I don’t, I’m going to fall again. I’ll fall right on my butt.”

THE DEAD DAISIES — whose fourth album, “Burn It Down”, was released via Spitfire on April 6 — will kick off a five-week tour of Europe on November 10.

In addition to Castronovo, the band features Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO), John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE SCREAM), Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) and Australian businessman-turned-rocker David Lowy (RED PHOENIX, MINK).

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