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As much as the phrase “each to their own” has been co-opted to justify people having shit taste in music, it’s always good to be fair. NYTT LAND do not play any kind of rock or metal music, instead channeling their Siberian roots into a dark strain of atmospheric, ambient and primarily acoustic folk. If you’re not a massive fan of throat-singing, mouth harp and people banging twigs together, you may politely take your leave. Meanwhile, people have been going absolutely nuts for bands like WARDRUNA and HEILUNG over the last few years. And rightly so, because when heavy music finds itself in a commercial cul-de-sac, the underground always finds new avenues to pursue. This vague gaggle of like-minded ensembles can hardly be labelled as a scene, so fundamental is isolation to each one’s evolution, but they each possess the ability to make strange, hypnotic music that, for any number reasons, clearly resonates with a lot of metalheads. NYTT LAND have been around for many years, and while their signing to Napalm Records is a great move for the label, “Ritual” sounds like the work of a band with few mainstream intentions. No clumsy cover versions of rock anthems here: instead, this is a deeply absorbing journey through frostbitten forests—and not the usual Norwegian ones. As most of us will never have been abandoned in the Siberian woods and preyed on by troubled spirits, it is hard to know how precisely and authentically NYTT LAND are conjuring the vibrations of their ancient home soil, but just as WARDRUNA have elegantly tapped into the universal unknowable, so the likes of “The Fires of Ragnarok” and “Dead Man’s Dance” have the potential to deliver a feeling beyond words, even if you’re not three bong hits down and circling the pizza-hole. There are moments when a throbbing, rock ‘n’ roll undercurrent bubbles up from the depths and gives “Ritual” an ephemeral air of modernity, but in every other respect this is a transportive hallucination: echoes of a still breathing past, wafted across the tundra in our direction. If, indeed, tundra is the right word. Just this once, “each to their own” seems appropriate. Don’t come looking for riffs. Just bring an open mind and some really thick fleece mittens. For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)

Ted Nugent has explained his decision to resign from the board of the National Rifle Association (NRA) after 26 years. In a July 29 e-mail from NRA general counsel John Frazer sent to board members, it was announced that Nugent, who joined the board in 1995, was stepping down “due to ongoing schedule conflicts.” The following day, Nugent released the following statement via his social media: “Dear Fellow NRA Board of Directors, Members, Friends and Second Amendment Warriors: The time has come for me to face the dangers of burning the candle at both ends. “I have been honored and humbled to represent all those great Americans that voted for me to serve on the NRA BOD for the last 26 years, and will not only continue my calling to fight for the return of the Second Amendment, but to actually increase my exposing and crushing those evil forces who would deny such basic freedoms to Americans. “I was not voted onto the board as an accountant, administrator, paper shuffler or bureaucrat, but rather to lead the charge of the good guys against the bad guys in this vile culture war that has reached a deafening roar. “I salute you and thank you for your never ending dedication to fight for our right to keep and bear arms, and though not sitting on the board with you, I will indeed be in the heat of battle on the not so main streets of America every damn day, as always. “So due to constant scheduling conflicts, I hereby resign my position on the NRA Board of Directors, wishing you well and Godspeed. “God bless America, Ted Nugent and family”. Ted‘s decision to leave the board comes less than a year after he told Newsmax‘s “The Chris Salcedo Show” that the National Rifle Association was “he most important civil rights organization in the world.” “What is more important in the American Dream right now than the God-given individual right to keep and bear arms to defend yourself from these recidivistic street thugs,” Ted said. “So, number one job in America is being a member of the National Rifle Association. It’s the most important civil rights organization in the world. What other rights can you possibly hang on to if you don’t have the right to defend yourself? Especially when these leftist freaks are engineering recidivism — they’re letting the worst dangerous violent criminals out into the streets and then attempting to limit the availability of self-defense tools. I mean, this wouldn’t make a ‘Twilight Zone’ script. “All I can tell you is the NRA is more important now than ever,” he continued. “And when you look at the background of this monster, this traitor in New York — the attorney general, and the mayor, and the governor — they’re out to destroy individual freedoms. And who’s the biggest fighter for individual freedoms? The National Rifle Association. That’s all your need to know.” Last month, Nugent said that recidivism was to blame for the recent rise in violent crime and gun violence in America. He said: “Bad guys need to be locked up. If they shoot or stab people, I don’t care if they even miss, that’s a dangerous, vicious, evil act. We don’t want people capable of dangerous, vicious, evil acts walking our streets. We want them either dead or in a cage — forever. “We’re living in engineered recidivism,” Nugent said, referencing a measure of convicted criminals who commit another offense and re-enter prison. “The failed court system, the crime-celebrating prosecutors and attorneys are engineering recidivism. Ninety-six percent of violent crimes are committed by people that were let out for violent crimes. Here’s a little guitar player idea: don’t let ’em out. “There isn’t a gun problem in America,” Ted added. “There is an intentional engineered recidivism problem in America. You wanna stop ninety-six percent of the violent crimes. Don’t let ’em out.” This past March, Nugent threatened President Joe Biden and other Democrats, telling them to “come and take it” just hours before the House of Representatives passed two gun-safety bills. In a March 11 Facebook post, Nugent addressed Biden and “all you other oath violating traitors,” writing, “Google my address and itinerary and Come and Take It!” He also proclaimed, “If you want to play Concorde bridge again, you will be the British and I will be the Americans, again.”

Dear Fellow NRA Board of Directors, Members, Friends and Second Amendment Warriors: The time has come for me to face… Posted by Ted Nugent on Friday, July 30, 2021

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The official LED ZEPPELIN documentary “Becoming Led Zeppelin” has been added to the Venice International Film Festival in Italy. Directed by Bernard MacMahon, the film, which will have its world premiere out of competition at the Venice festival, documents the legendary rockers’ “meteoric rise to stardom.” The 78th Venice International Film Festival is organized by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barbera. It will take place at Venice Lido from September 1 to September 11. The festival is officially recognized by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association). The aim of the festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema. MacMahon said in a press release: “‘Becoming Led Zeppelin’ is a film that no one thought could be made. The band’s meteoric rise to stardom was swift and virtually undocumented. Through an intense search across the globe and years of restoration of the visual and audio archive found, this story is finally able to be told.” “Becoming Led Zeppelin” will feature new interviews with guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with the late drummer John Bonham. It marks the first time members of LED ZEPPELIN have participated in a documentary about the group. MacMahon previously directed the Emmy-nominated music documentary series “American Epic” about the early American roots music recordings of the 1920s. Page praised the film back in 2019, saying: “When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is ‘American Epic’, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story.” Plant added: “Seeing Will Shade and so many other important early American musicians brought to life on the big screen in ‘American Epic’ inspired me to contribute to a very interesting and exciting story.” Jones stated: “The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring this story to life.” An official LED ZEPPELIN book, “Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin”, came out in October 2018. For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)

KORN drummer Ray Luzier has confirmed that he is featured on MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars‘s highly anticipated debut solo album. Mars has been working on the disc — on and off — for at least the past five years. The effort is being recorded in Nashville, where Mars has lived for about eight years. Some of the early sessions for the LP were helmed by recently retired producer Michael Wagener (OZZY OSBOURNE, ACCEPT, WARRANT, SKID ROW) at Blackbird Studio. Earlier today, Luzier shared a photo of him with Mars, and he included the following message: “When Mars invades your studio- It’s an honor to work with this legend @mr.mickmars ! I’ve always loved his playing & tasty leads in Motley. To be playing on his solo record is pretty surreal, be on the look out for it! Plus he & his wife @serainamars are amazing humans. @_scott_bush_ @cmc21productions @jacobbunton @paultaylorkeys @wagenermichael #mickmars #newmusic #loseyerearstudio #motleycrue #musicislife #lifer #rockwillneverdie #legend #guitar #timelinestudio #jacobbunton #paultaylor #cmcproductions”. A year and a half ago, Alabama musician Jacob Bunton revealed that he was the lead singer on Mars‘s solo album. Speaking to AL.com, Bunton, who has previously played with LYNAM and former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler, said about his collaboration with Mars: “I can tell you that I’m involved and the past several months we wrote and recorded a record and Michael Wagener produced it. The great Michael Wagener from [mixing 1986 METALLICA album] ‘Master Of Puppets’ and all that kind of stuff. He worked with MÖTLEY CRÜE on their very first record ‘Too Fast For Love’, when they did it themselves they recorded the record and then Michael Wagener mixed, and then when they got the record deal with Elektra, [QUEEN producer] Roy Thomas Baker ended up going back and remixing it. But on all of their self-released copies, it’s Michael. But to make a long story short, Michael‘s producing the record because that was the first producer Mick worked with in MÖTLEY CRÜE, so he wanted to do his solo album, so it’s been really cool. We’ve been recording it in Nashville and we’re almost done.” Regarding what fans can expect from Mars‘s solo CD, Bunton said: “The songs are really cool, the record is really cool. He’s such an inventive player and his riffs are insane and it’s definitely going to be what people are expecting. When they hear it … It’s really cool.” In September 2019, Mick told Billboard about the musical direction of his solo material: “[It’s] not like today’s music, which to me is pretty much pop metal and more growly guys. It’s all cool and it’s all good, and I’m just searching for something that’s just a little different than that. I [also] don’t want to be living in ’85. It’s hard to reinvent yourself, but that’s what I’m doing now. I’m trying to reinvent the way that I approach music writing. I’ve got a lot of crap, and I’ve got a lot of good stuff too.” At the time of the Billboard interview, Mars said that he had been working with a vocalist named Jacob, leading some fans to speculate that he was referring to Bunton. “[He] can be a lot of different voices, and it’s pretty amazing,” Mick said. “I go, ‘I want this kind of voice here,’ and he’ll pull it straight off.” In a separate interview with “Talking Metal”, Mars said that his debut solo record will not sound like anybody else. “Well, I guess it’s my own style,” he said. “It isn’t really blues. My playing has a blues element to it, of course, but it isn’t what you would call a blues record. It’s more of a heavier rock thing, but I don’t wanna even try to ‘outheavy’ the heavies, you know what I mean? It’s just something hopefully just a little different than what’s going on now. You’re not gonna hear a MÖTLEY-flavored song, except for the guitar, [because] that’s me. They’re gonna be a bit harder than that, but not as hard as the heavies, like MINISTRY and some of those guys.” Back in 2016, Mars released snippets of two solo songs, apparently called “Gimme Blood” and “Shake The Cage”. The tracks, which were recorded at Blackbird Studio, featured singer John Corabi, who appeared on CRÜE‘s 1994 self-titled album. Corabi later said that he didn’t contribute to the writing process for the two songs, but that he was open to collaborating with Mars on some brand new material.

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Lars Ulrich has wished his METALLICA bandmate James Hetfield a happy 58th birthday. Earlier today, Ulrich shared a photo of him and Hetfield mugging for the camera, and he wrote in an accompanying message: “Happy Birthday James. Here’s to nearly 40 years of crazy cool shenanigans of every kind imaginable…..including an occasional raised middle finger, a little mugging for the camera…… and lotsa attitude! Wouldn’t have it any other way. And as we always have to remember….Just getting started! Love you brother.” Born in 1963 in Downey, California, James was the son of a truck driver named Virgil and a singer named Cynthia. Hetfield‘s parents were Christian Scientists and strongly disapproved of the use of any kind of medicine or medical treatments, even when Cynthia was dying of cancer in 1979. This upbringing inspired many of METALLICA‘s later songs, such as “The God That Failed”. Hetfield also had two older half-brothers from his mother’s first marriage and a younger sister. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Hetfield took up piano at the age of nine and began playing guitar at 14. He was in bands called LEATHER CHARM and OBSESSION during his teen years. In October 1981 he answered a classified ad placed in a local paper called Recycler by Danish drummer Lars Ulrich, and METALLICA was born. Hetfield told The Pulse Of Radio he still recalls the group’s first gig, with original lead guitarist Dave Mustaine. “First METALLICA show was at Radio City in Anaheim. I remember the first song we played, Dave broke a string, and I was stranded up there. I was just singing, I wasn’t playing guitar back then, and I was so uncomfortable, I was like, ‘So, how’s it going…’ There were about 200 people. You know, your first gig, everyone shows up. Second gig, there’s about 20, you know. [laughs]” Solidifying the lineup with bassist Cliff Burton and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, who replaced Mustaine, METALLICA signed to Megaforce Records in 1983 and released its debut album, “Kill ‘Em All”, in July of that year, while also relocating from the Los Angeles area to San Francisco. Pioneers and leaders of the underground speed metal movement, METALLICA signed with major label Elektra Records in 1984 just as they released their sophomore album, “Ride The Lightning”. Hetfield told The Pulse Of Radio how the scene in San Francisco at the time exploded thanks to METALLICA‘s success. “Well, I recall on the (1984) ‘Ride The Lightning’ tour, after coming back, coming back home and feeling like the scene has grown so big. And, you know, we came back, we had our ‘Ride The Lightning’ shirts and things are kind of going good for us, ‘Yeah, we just went on our second tour,’ and we come back and the scene has gotten so much bigger.” Weathering the death of Cliff Burton in a tour bus accident in 1986, METALLICA became bigger and bigger, scoring their first gold album with 1986’s “Master Of Puppets” and their first platinum disc with 1988’s “…And Justice For All”. The group became superstars in 1991 with the release of the self-titled “black album,” which has sold over 15 million copies to become the biggest selling album of the SoundScan era of sales tracking. It was during the late ’90s that cracks began to show in both METALLICA‘s public image and Hetfield‘s tough-guy demeanor. Always a heavy drinker, his alcohol intake reached toxic levels in 2001 just as the band was starting work on its eighth studio album. He recalled the moment when he made the decision to get help for his problems with drugs and alcohol. “My wife threw me out of the house and I went to rehearsal, and she could not believe that I had done that, and said, ‘You’ve got to check yourself in somewhere,’ and I said, ‘Nah, no way, I’m the singer for METALLICA, I can’t get help. I don’t need help,'” he said. “A lot of denial. She was very adamant about me seeking the help and I went in, I think, for her and for my family.” Hetfield said that entering rehab was one of the scariest times in his life. “I was just kind of really scared,” he said. “I was dropped off into this place and at that point my family was in question. Basically the family had split up, or I was no longer in the house, and it was totally one of the most scary times in my life. It was really like the earth was shaking under me, there was no stability, it felt like a constant earthquake. I had no idea what I was doing, where I was going.” Hetfield got clean and sober in 2002, returning to METALLICA to record the controversial “St. Anger” album and make the documentary “Some Kind Of Monster”, which chronicled his struggle as well as the band’s near-breakup. Hetfield told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that he was okay with people seeing that side of his life. “Connecting with people has never been easy for me. I think the more that people know about me and my struggles, the easier it will be to connect with people. I’ve put myself out there, and if they choose to stomp on my heart, or to embrace it, that is up to them.” While “St. Anger” received a mixed reaction from fans, the band came back full force with 2008’s “Death Magnetic”. Hetfield told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that having gone through all its turmoil, METALLICA was stronger than ever. “You know, ‘St. Anger’, the ‘Monster’ movie, all the stuff that we went through — once we got back together and started playing again, we knew that we were given some sort of gift to continue and not fall like many other bands have. So we’ve got to take care of this, and we’re doing our extra best to do that.” Hetfield went back to rehab in September 2019, forcing the postponement of the band’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. Last month, METALLICA announced details of its massive 40th-birthday celebration: The band will mark this milestone by inviting the worldwide METALLICA family to join them in their hometown of San Francisco for two unique live shows featuring two different setlists December 17 and 19 at Chase Center. Tickets for these shows will be available only to registered members of METALLICA‘s Fifth Member fan club.

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PUDDLE OF MUDD frontman Wes Scantlin spoke to Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio about what’s next for the band and his thoughts on the importance of getting vaccinated. He said: “I hope I can keep touring. And I am definitely gonna go in the studio and record the next PUDDLE OF MUDD record. And, basically, pray that this freakin’ weird thing” — referring to the pandemic — “goes away finally and forever. “Everybody should really seriously just go and get vaccinated,” he continued. “Some people have this thing that I call ‘invincibility syndrome disorder’ — the ISD disorder. People think that they’re invincible and, ‘No, no, no. This will never happen to me. No, no, no.’ And, it’s, like, bam. You’re dead. You’re on the floor. And you’ve infected other people that were caring to you. And all of a sudden, now they’re dead on the floor. “Be responsible,” Wes added. “And I mean this: be responsible. And go get vaccinated. Don’t skip the next vaccination appointment. Just get both of ’em. They’re very simple. I’ve done it myself. It’s right down the road from wherever the heck you actually you live at… Seriously, just go get vaccinated, man. Don’t act like some kind of a freaking, you’re better or bigger or tougher or wherever, because a lot of people have died, man. Last month, PUDDLE OF MUDD announced a number of U.S. dates in support of the band’s latest album, “Welcome To Galvania”. “Welcome To Galvania” was released in 2019 via Pavement Entertainment. PUDDLE OF MUDD‘s first album in a decade consisted of ten new tracks and was produced by Cameron Webb (ALKALINE TRIO, DISTURBED, MOTÖRHEAD). PUDDLE OF MUDD was formed in 1991 in Kansas City by Scantlin, the only original member still with the band. Wes had almost non-stop problems with the law, alcohol, finances and other issues, before finally getting sober in 2017. He and the rest of PUDDLE OF MUDD rebuilt a touring base, which paved the way to new music and a new album. Scantlin said that he ended up going back to rehab and receiving treatment “because there’s really nowhere else to go.” He also credited his family and fans for giving him the strength to try to get better. PUDDLE OF MUDD broke into the mainstream with 2001’s “Come Clean”, which yielded three hits — “Control”, “Blurry” and “She Hates Me”.

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In a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, AEROSMITH‘s Joe Perry offered his opinion on VAN HALEN as well as the legacy of the band’s late guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who is widely considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of all time. “Eddie was the leader in a whole new generation of guitar players and changed guitar playing — his style, everything,” Joe said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “It was funny, ’cause when I heard some of his stuff, I said, ‘Wow, I heard that effect before; I’ve heard that before,’ but he’s the one that put it all together. And it was new. “Man, I thought that VAN HALEN was an incredible band. David Lee Roth was like the Jimi Hendrix of the mouth. When they were at their peak, they were the best — they were rocking.” Eddie passed away last October at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. The axeman died from complications due to cancer, his son confirmed. Eddie and Alex formed VAN HALEN in 1972 in Pasadena, California, with Roth on lead vocals and Michael Anthony on bass. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Eddie Van Halen No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

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Tim “Ripper” Owens says that he joined JUDAS PRIEST during “possibly the worst era of heavy metal ever” The Ohio-based singer created two studio LPs with the British heavy metal legends — 1997’s “Jugulator” and 2001’s “Demolition” — before the group reunited with Rob Halford. Regarding Halford‘s return to PRIEST, Owens told the “Iron City Rocks” podcast (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I knew it was coming. And I understood why. Rob needed JUDAS PRIEST, and JUDAS PRIEST needed Rob. And I understood that. I would never quit JUDAS PRIEST, so they fired me. And I wanted to do other things as well. That’s why I recorded that ICED EARTH record. I kind of started wanting to do some other things. ‘Cause we have a lot of downtime. I just felt like it. “JUDAS PRIEST was just so much fun, and the guys were such great friends, and it was such a great time,” he continued. “I didn’t burn any bridges. I left and I don’t talk bad about ’em. Other than me saying that they’ve erased my time. I mean, [the albums I made during] my era of JUDAS PRIEST [are not available]. But on a personal level, the guys are friends, the management, Rob — everybody. We all get along. I knew it was gonna happen. And it was always something that was there.” According to Owens, the timing of his addition to JUDAS PRIEST worked against him during his time with the legendary band. “The only bad thing about when I joined JUDAS PRIEST is it was possibly the worst era of heavy metal ever,” he said. “It was at the end of grunge, during grunge kind of, that whole thing. And [in] ’96, [metal bands] were playing clubs — I don’t care who you were, what bands you were; you were playing smaller venues. So that made it even worse that here I am joining my band, which hasn’t been around for five years, joining JUDAS PRIEST in the worst part of heavy metal. But the fans were great. And obviously, not everybody loved me; that’s normal. There’s still people that don’t like Brian Johnson [in AC/DC]; it amazes me. But they were great records. To me, ‘Demolition’ was even better, so it was kind of nice to do those records. “I could sing the stuff. When somebody didn’t like me, or they’d say they didn’t like ‘Jugulator’ or ‘Demolition’, I would always say, ‘Well, come to the concert and hear me sing there then. Because you’ll love it.’ And the fans were great. Everybody was always good.” Back in 2019, Owens told “Talking Metal” that JUDAS PRIEST‘s management requested that he stop using artwork related to his time with the group to promote his solo shows. More than two years ago, Tim defended Kenneth “K.K.” Downing over the comments the ex-PRIEST guitarist made about his former bandmates in his recently released autobiography, explaining that Downing is “just telling the truth.” Owens and Downing are currently in a new band called KK’S PRIEST with guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE), bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERS, CAGE). KK’S PRIEST‘s debut album, “Sermons Of The Sinner”, will be released on October 1 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records. For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)

Former METAL CHURCH vocalist Ronny Munroe has reflected on the recent passing of Mike Howe, calling it a “tragic loss.” Munroe, who left METAL CHURCH in 2014 to “pursue other interests”, discussed Howe‘s sudden death in a new interview with The Metal Voice. He said: “What a tragedy. Quick story: I met Mike and hung out with him one time. Basically, I believe it was in 2006. He came out to Reno, and we shared the stage and we did ‘Date With Poverty’ together. After the gig, we all went out to a club and had some drinks and just sat and talked shop. And he was a sweetheart. I never heard anybody say anything bad about the guy.” He continued: “What a tragic loss. But you never know what’s going on with people. I feel really bad for — I believe he has a couple of sons and a wife — he’s got a family — and that’s devastating. So I wish the family the best and I send my condolences out to all Mike‘s family, friends and fans.” Howe was found dead at his home in Eureka, California on July 26. According to TMZ, Howe‘s official cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to hanging. A spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Dept. told the site authorities are calling it a suicide. TMZ stated that cops in Eureka got a call just after 10 a.m. on July 26 reporting an unexpected death at a home. By the time deputies arrived, they found the 55-year-old dead at the scene. According to police, drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the death and no controlled substances or paraphernalia were located at the scene. Howe, who fronted METAL CHURCH from 1988 until 1994, officially rejoined the band in April 2015. Prior to joining METAL CHURCH more than three decades ago, Howe spent two years fronting California metal act HERETIC. Munroe first came to prominence in the metal world when he stepped into the role of frontman for the legendary band METAL CHURCH. During an audition for a project principal METAL CHURCH member Kurdt Vanderhoof was working on, Ronny was first put on Kurdt‘s radar. After watching Munroe‘s performance, Vanderhoof decided to resurrect METAL CHURCH with Ronnie on lead vocals. He would go on to sing four albums with the band, “The Weight Of The World” (2004), “A Light In The Dark” (2006), “This Present Wasteland” (2008) and “Generation Nothing” (2013). Ronnie would also wind up singing for Vanderhoof‘s progressive rock project, PRESTO BALLET, further showcasing his vocal talents.

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In a new interview with Finland’s Janne Vuorela, DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier was asked if he and his bandmates have used the coronavirus pandemic to work on material for the follow-up to 2019’s “Born To Perish” album. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “For a long time, I wasn’t ready. And last year, I didn’t even try to think about a new album. But then the beginning of this year, I was kind of motivated. After the livestream, basically, I sat down and started writing new stuff. And then in February, we started to do the first demos and everything. And we’ve [been] going to the studio ever since now. At this moment right now, I’m gonna go to the studio tomorrow again to do the final mixes. So the new album will be done this summer — like, at the of August, the mixes are done. And we will also release a new single very soon. But the album is coming the beginning of next year. Our label said right away, this year there’s no more space for a new album; there’s so many other bands coming [out with new releases] this year. Everybody pushed back [their releases]. But we will release some singles this year, so the fans will know a new album is coming soon. We have written a lot of great songs, I think, and the first one will be out in about two or three weeks — on the 19th of [August].” Regarding how difficult it is to plan a new album release while the pandemic is still going on, Schmier said: “The problem is that when you can’t tour, [releasing] a new album is kind of not very good. Because you wanna present the new songs to the fans, you wanna play them live. With ‘Born To Perish’, we could only do two European tours, and that’s it. We couldn’t go to the [United] States, to Asia, to South America, where we have the most fans. So it feels kind of weird. The next tour, we have to basically show two albums to the crowd — it’s not just one; it’s two albums we haven’t presented yet. “For me, once I was in the studio again, writing with the guys new songs [and] recording, it felt like being a musician again — something that we were missing the whole last year when the pandemic was at full force and we started getting depressed about the future,” he continued. “And this year felt different. And I think the new album really had a big part of it for me, that I could feel it. We have to move on. You have to think positive, move forward. And it was good. So the new album really helped me through the pandemic. And now we’re gonna have some first shows also. We already had the first festival, and we’re gonna play six more now in August. Of course, you’ve gotta expect the unexpected, but on the other side, you’re trying to stay positive and look into the future. We know that there’s not gonna be real tours before next year. This year will be spontaneous gigs. We’ll try to play as much as possible. But we don’t expect full tours to happen this year.” DESTRUCTION performed without founding guitarist Michael “Mike” Sifringer on July 16 at the Area 53 Festival in Leoben, Austria. Schmier later implied in a social media post that Mike had left the band and promised that a statement “explaining the situation” would follow sometime in August. Sifringer is the only member of DESTRUCTION to have remained constant throughout the band’s career. Schmier appeared on DESTRUCTION‘s first three albums before leaving the band and being replaced by POLTERGEIST vocalist André Grieder. André‘s sole recorded appearance with DESTRUCTION was on the “Cracked Brain” album, which came out in 1990. Schmier rejoined DESTRUCTION in 1999. DESTRUCTION will release a new Blu-ray and CD, “Live Attack”, on August 13 via Napalm Records. The 22-song release includes footage of the band’s nearly two-hour livestream concert from January 2021 at the legendary Z7 venue in Pratteln, Switzerland. In May 2020, DESTRUCTION delivered a treat for fans stuck at home and unable to attend live shows: “Born To Thrash – Live In Germany“, the band’s first live album with the most lineup, was made available digitally on all streaming and download platforms. “Born To Perish” was released in August 2019 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded in January and February 2019 with V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, BURNING WITCHES, NERVOSA) at Little Creek Studios in Switzerland and is the first DESTRUCTION album to feature Randy Black on drums and second guitarist Damir Eskic. Damir is a Swiss guitar player of Bosnian decent who works as a guitar teacher, himself being a former pupil of Tommy Vetterli (CORONER). He also plays in a heavy metal band called GOMORRA and previously contributed three solos to DESTRUCTION‘s 2016 album “Under Attack”.

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